Primary Institution:University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus
Current SEPA Project
Michelle Borrero holds a Ph.D. in Immunology and has been a faculty member for twenty years at the University of Puerto Rico Río, Piedras Campus. She served as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the College of Natural Sciences and has pursued scientific teaching as a scholarly activity since her recruitment at UPR. Her research interests focus on undergraduate biology and K-12 STEM education. She has used her training as an immunologist to develop various initiatives to integrate quantitative and bioinformatics skills into the Biology curriculum through institutional, NIH, and NSF funds. In 2011, she became the PI of NSF’s PR-Math and Science Partnership and Robert Noyce’s Puerto Rico Master Math Teacher Program, as well as the PI for a Puerto Rico Department of Education’s grant to offer professional development to math and science teachers. Later on, she was CoPI and Project Director of an NSF’s Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) grant that developed the Center for Science and Math Education Research (CSMER) that she directs since its inception. In the last five years she has been CoPI for various NSF sponsored initiatives to strengthen biology and computer science education in Puerto Rico. As Director of the Center for Science and Math Education Research, she provides support to discipline-based education researchers and to other scientists that are interested in outreach opportunities to K-12 schools. Currently, she is PI of an NSF funded Research Experience for Teachers (BIORET) aimed to provide research experiences to high school biology teachers in Puerto Rico and coordinator for the SEPA: UPR Asthma Awareness Program supported by the NIH.