Mr. Otero Ramos hold a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences with a specialization on Environmental Biology, at Inter American University of Puerto Rico, San German Campus. Also, a B.S. in Microbiology with Chemistry minor from the same institution. As graduate student, he was selected as graduate student program coordinator of the USDA Hispanic Serving Institution's Grants Program: USDA Florida-Caribbean Consortium for Agriculture Education and Hispanic Workforce Development (FCCAgE). Mr. Otero had the opportunity to travel to different U.S. states to replace the Project Director and speak and discuss the achievements, goals, budgeting, and other areas relevant to the program. He has worked on research related to the resistance of antibiotics in sources of fresh water and similar functions on the histology field. Also, had the opportunity to be trained in Soil Biology in Florida International University, especially in Arbuscular Mycorrhizae and glomalin proteins, in which did his Thesis work.
Moreover, he participated in two internships at Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services Plant Protection and Quarantine as Senior Graduate Student evaluating the effect of precipitation and temperature in the population distribution of Anastrepha suspensa and Anastrepha oblique in Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra and United States Virgin Islands. He multifaceted experience helps him to receive scholarship award to participate in the NSF-ATE Genomic Approaches in Biotechnology Workshop at Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, a workshop that united biotechnology and bioinformatics fields. Also, have been selected as 2014 USDA Graduate Fellow in Connecting Underrepresented Latinos to Integrate Values and Academic Resources. Since 2013, had works as Pathology Specialist in private pathology laboratory and the United States Department Veterans Affairs. Mr. Otero currently form part of the CCRHP working directly with the PI and helping other team members on different projects.
Research Interest: Public Health, Epidemiology, Biomedical Science, Microbiology.