BIOL Esthel Vega

Dra. Esther Zoraya Vega Bermúdez

Role: Professor

School: University of Puerto Rico at Humacao

Department: Biology

Telephone: (787) 850-0000 x 9162


Education – Professional Preparation:

1997       Doctor of Philosophy, Biology                                University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras

1987       Master Degree in Food Technology                       Iowa State University-Ames

1984       Bachelor Degree, Chemistry                                  University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras


Academic Experience

Instructor, UPR Utuado, 1987-1988.

Instructor, UPR Río Piedras, 1991-1992.

MARC Fellow, UPR Río Piedras, 1992-1996.

Assistant Professor, UPR Humacao, 1997-2001.

Bridges Program Director, UPR Humacao, 2001-2004.

MARC Director, UPR Humacao, 2003.

MARC Director, UPR Humacao, 2005-2015.

Full Professor, UPR Humacao, 2007-present.

Associate Professor, UPR Humacao, 2001-2007.

Associate Academic Affairs Dean-2012-2013.

MARC Co-PI- 2015-present.

Microbiology Program Coordinator- 2019-present.


Non-Academic Experience

Staff Microbiologist, Pepsi Cola Mfg. Co., 1988-1991.

Microbiologist, Upjohn Pharmaceutical, 1984.

Fellow Economic Development of PR, Iowa State University, 1984-1987.



English and Spanish

Current membership in professional organizations

American Society for Microbiology

Service Activities

Participant ¨Teaching Research Ethics: A Workshop at Indiana University¨.  May 12-14, 2009.

Excelencia en la Enseñanza de las Ciencias¨.  May 14, 2010, Caguas, P.R.

Participant ¨The Challenge of Research Ethics Education in the University Setting: A Response to NIH and NSF Requirements¨. Cincinnati, Ohio.  March 3, 2011.

Advisory Committee for the NSF-ESEE Project ¨Preparing Current and Future Researchers to Understand Ethical Parameters of Research, from Inception to Dissemination¨. UPR-Río Piedras, 2008-2011

Speaker: “La Biotecnologíaía y sus Aplicaciones¨ as part of the ¨Premio Amgen a la 

Minority Programs Review Subcommittee.  National Institute of General Medical Science Review Group.  Member.  2013-2019

Academic Senate, UPR Humacao.  2011-2013; 2018-2019


Other Activities

Thesis advisees:  

Ph.D. degree at UPR-Río Piedras (Chemistry).  Madeline Díaz Serrano.  Junio 2011. 

An Electrochemical DNA Biosensor for the Detection of Salmonella Using Polymeric Films and Electrochemical Labels.

Ph.D. degree at UPR-Río Piedras (Chemistry). Rocío del Alba Cardona.  Julio 2011.

“Physicochemical Studies of Ferrocenyl Chalcones and their Interactions with Nafion and β-Cyclodextrins”. 




Inicio Departamento
UPR Humacao – Departamento de Biología – Call Box 860 – Humacao, PR 00792
Teléfono: (787) 850-9388, (787) 850-9483, @UPRH , UPRH