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Aleida Perez

Supervisor, Student Research and Citizen Science, Office of Educational Programs, Stakeholders and Community Relations Office

Aleida Perez

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Stakeholders and Community Relations Office
Bldg. 400C
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-4788
pereza@bnl.gov

Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGPs): she, her

Dr. Aleida Perez is the supervisor of Student Research and Community Science for Brookhaven National Laboratory’s (BNL) Office of Educational Programs (OEP).  Before joining BNL, Dr. Perez was research scientist in the biopharmaceutical industry and educator in higher education.  Dr. Perez has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan.  She has a strong background in virology and molecular biology research.  As a researcher, Dr. Perez worked in the field of oncolytic viruses and gene therapy.  In 2007, she left a successful industry career to purse her passion for education, focusing on underserved communities.

Dr. Perez supervises the High School Research Program, the STEM Prep Summer Institute and the community science programs which includes SPARK and Open Space Programs. Through these programs, Dr. Perez is actively developing authentic educational research programs for students and educators, enabling their access BNL user facilities and scientific staff and supporting the integration of classroom curriculum and real-life applications. She also collaborates with Cold Spring Harbor DNA Learning Center in the Barcode Long Island Project.  She is committed to inclusion and diversity at BNL’s educational programs. Dr. Perez was a Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientist (WDTS) program participant herself, as an undergraduate at both Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories.

Education | Publications


Education

Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan

B.S., Biology, University of Puerto Rico-Cayey

Selected Publications

  • Blackburn A, Partowmah S, Brennan H, Mestizo K, Stivala C, Petreczky J, Perez A, Horn A, McSweeney S, Soares A (2018) A Simple Technique to Improve Microcrystals Using Gel Exclusion of Nucleation Inducing Elements. Crystals 8:464. doi: 10.3390/cryst8120464
  • Perez A, Li Q-X, Perez-Romero P, DeLassus G, Lopez SR, Sutter S, McLaren N, Fuller AO (2005) A New Class of Receptor for Herpes Simplex Virus Has Heptad Repeat Motifs That Are Common to Membrane Fusion Proteins. Journal of Virology 79:7419–7430. doi: 10.1128/jvi.79.12.7419-7430.2005
  • Perez-Romero P, Perez A, Capul A, Montgomery R, Fuller AO (2005) Herpes Simplex Virus Entry Mediator Associates in Infected Cells in a Complex with Viral Proteins gD and at Least gH. Journal of Virology 79:4540–4544. doi: 10.1128/jvi.79.7.4540-4544.2005
  • Pérez A, Probert AW, Wang KK, Sharmeen L (2001) Evaluation of HIV-1 Tat induced neurotoxicity in rat cortical cell culture. Journal of NeuroVirology 7:1–10. doi: 10.1080/135502801300069575
  • Pérez A, Fuller AO (1998) Stable attachment for herpes simplex virus penetration into human cells requires glycoprotein D in the virion and cell receptors that are missing for entry-defective porcine cells. Virus Research 58:21–34. doi: 10.1016/s0168-1702(98)00097-5
  • Subramanian G, McClain DS, Perez A, Fuller AO (1994) Swine testis cells contain functional heparan sulfate but are defective in entry of herpes simplex virus. Journal of Virology 68:5667–5676. doi: 10.1128/jvi.68.9.5667-5676.1994
  • Kakar SN, Perez A, Gonzales J (1994) Phanerochaete mutants with enhanced ligninolytic activity. Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology 45-46:339–347. doi: 10.1007/bf02941810
Aleida Perez

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Stakeholders and Community Relations Office
Bldg. 400C
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000

(631) 344-4788
pereza@bnl.gov

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