Houston Methodist Trainee Association
WHAT IS MAPTA?
The Houston Methodist Academy Postdoctoral and Trainee Association (MAPTA) is a self-governed association of translational science research professionals. They support our postdoctoral fellows, graduate trainees, and other translational science research professionals with education, networking, intramural activities, and career development and advancement opportunities.
MEET THE MAPTA OFFICERS
Jonathan Martinez, PhD – President
PhD - Biomedical Sciences-Experimental Therapeutics, UT Health Science Center at Houston
Dr. Martinez works in the development and in vivo testing of novel drug delivery systems to achieve their direct delivery to inflammatory sites of cancer. He works in the laboratory of Ennio Tasciotti, PhD, within the Center of Biomimetic Medicine.
Fernando Cabrera, MD – Vice President of Communications
MD - The Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
Dr. Cabrera was born and raised in Guatemala. After completing medical school at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, he joined the laboratory of Ennio Tasciotti, PhD, within the Center of Biomimetic Medicine. His research focus is tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Priya Jain – Vice President of Career and Professional Development
BS - Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Priya works on the development of drug delivery devices that provide long-term, sustained release of a drug over time. She currently works under Alessandro Grattoni, PhD, in the Department of Nanomedicine.
Sara Nizzero – Vice President of Outreach
PhD - Applied Physics, Rice University (in progress)
Sara is a doctoral student from Rice University, currently working in under Mauro Ferrari, PhD, in the Department of Nanomedicine. She applies her background, including, single-particle absorption via photothermal contrast, to her work in the Ferrari lab.
Marco Farina – Vice President of Special Events
PhD - Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering, Politecnico di Torino (in progress)
As a graduate student in the lab of Alessandro Grattoni, PhD, Marco works on the design and manufacturing of 3D-printed implementable devices in the Department of Nanomedicine.
Victor Segura-Ibarra – Vice President of International Affairs
MD, PhD - Tecnológico de Monterey (in progress)
Victor is an MD/PhD student from Tecnológico de Monterey (Monterey Tech). As part of his program's curriculum, he joined the Department of Nanomedicine in 2013 as a graduate research fellow. His work emphasizes applications in cancer and cardiovascular science.
We at MAPTA are well aware that much planning goes into being an effective scientist. Therefore, we wish to provide resources that will aid in your development as scientists. Below are a series of links that will aid in that development.
- Research Education Programs Handbook
- MAPTA Travel Award Guidelines
- Effective Scientific Presentations
- Telling a Powerful Research Story: Fellowship Writing
- Arriving in Houston: Learning Houston and Adjusting to Houston Life
- Foreign National Information System for International Postdocs and Trainees
- Emergency Preparedness Resource