Nicole Zambrana Garcia

Nicole Zambrana Garcia

PIBS 1st-Year Rotating PhD Student


I obtained my undergraduate degree this past June 2020 in Molecular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (UPRRP). During my undergraduate studies I was had the opportunity to be a LSAMP and MARC Fellow which provided me with the funding to complete an undergraduate thesis in an inorganic chemistry lab where I worked with Dr. Arthur Tinoco. There, I studied the effects of a mixed metal inorganic complex on cancerous cells. Also, I got to work with Dr. Sharon Gerecht at Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Jacqueline Lees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in tissue engineering and cancer biology projects, respectively. These experiences have shaped my broad research interests in cancer biology. When I’m not in lab, I like to be doing outreach work, learning about science policy and reading YA fantasy books.


Rackham Merit Fellowship Recipient (May 2020)
NSF GFRP Honorable Mention Recipient (April 2020)

Tinoco, A. D., Sanexa, M., Sharma, S., Noinaj, N., Delgado, Y., Quiñones González, E. P., Conklin, S. E., Loza-Rosas, S. A., Zambrana, N., Parks, T. B. (2016). Unusual Synergism of Transferrin and Citrate in the Regulation of Ti(IV) Speciation, Transport, and Toxicity. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 138(17), 5659-5665. doi:10.1021/jacs.6b01966

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