Congrats to DR. YOEL RODRÍGUEZ on the Fulbright Award! November 10th, 2016 | Posted in CTL Newsletter v3 Fall 2016 Congrats to DR. YOEL RODRÍGUEZ on the Fulbright Award! Fulbright Award | Brief Description Hostos Community College Professor Yoel Rodríguez has been granted a prestigious 2016-17 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award to the Slovak Republic. The Fulbright award along with his sabbatical leave will provide Professor Rodriguez with the opportunity to work at the Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Professor Rodriguez will be collaborating with Dr. Magdalena Majekova, who is an expert in biophysics and medicinal chemistry. Through this partnership, and by bringing his expertise in computational molecular biology, Professor Rodríguez believes that they will be able to make important contributions regarding worldwide human health issues related to cardiovascular and heart disease. He feels truly humbled, honored and excited by this opportunity. Professor Rodríguez also trusts that his current and future students will benefit from this award since he will increase their research visions as well as instill in them the determination to remain in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. He is very thankful to Hostos and his colleagues at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York who have supported and helped him through his scholarly and professional growth during his tenure at CUNY. Biography Dr. Yoel Rodríguez is an Associate Professor of physics and chemistry in the Natural Sciences department of Hostos Community College (HCC) of The City University of New York (CUNY) and coordinator of the HCC Joint Dual Engineering Degree program with The City College of New York’s (CCNY) Grove School of Engineering (GSoE) of CUNY. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry (physical chemistry field; Summa Cum Laude) from Havana University in July 1995, and his Ph.D. in Theoretical biophysics (Summa Cum Laude) at Complutense University of Madrid, Spain in October 2002. He came to New York to do his postdoctoral training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (MSSM) in Computational Biophysics from 2003 to 2007. He is a visiting Professor at MSSM in the Structural and Chemical Biology Department. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed research articles and presented at several conferences. Dr. Rodríguez’s research interest is directed toward applying computational theoretical biophysics approaches to better improve understanding of fundamental molecular mechanisms in biological processes with implications in cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Rodríguez is also captivated by STEM pedagogical research. He has received multiple educational and research grants, including research supplements from the National Institute of Health, CUNY Professional Staff Conference research grants, a CUNY Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, and recently a Fulbright award. Rodríguez has mentored many minority students in research work. Two of his students, Mr. Dane Christie and Mr. Qudus Lawal are currently pursuing their Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Princeton and Stanford Universities, respectively. A third student, Ms. Wendy Fernández, currently at CCNY’s GSoE, received an award for her outstanding research work in the 2015 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Last year, Dr. Rodríguez delivered a plenary presentation about the HCC Engineering Program with CCNY’s GSoE at the 2015 Understanding Interventions Conference in San Diego.