Vicente Reyes

Vicente Mendoza Reyes hails from Manila, Philippines, where he attended Felipe Calderon Elementary School and the first science high school in the country, Mania Science High School, graduating valedictorian from both schools. He double-majored in Chemistry (B.S., magna cum laude) and Mathematics (B.S., magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines’ flagship campus in Diliman, Quezon City, where, upon graduation, he taught mathematics for two years. He then went to the U.S. to earn his Ph.D. in Chemistry (conc. molecular biology/biochemistry) from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA under a Laszlo Zechmeister Graduate Fellowship award. His doctoral dissertation was on the transcription and splicing of intron-containing transfer RNAs in S. cerevisiae, which was published in the journal Cell and is considered to be one of the pioneering works in the field of tRNA splicing. He then completed a postdoctoral appointment at the National Cancer Institute, NIH in Bethesda, MD under a Fogarty International Fellowship award, working on the molecular and cellular biology of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and then continuing his work in the Biology and Medicine departments of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where the laboratory he was working in later moved to. He went on to do a second postdoctoral stint at the UCSD Chemistry & Biochemistry department under a NIGMS Fellowship award, using macromolecular x-ray crystallography to elucidate the mechanism of the anticancer model target enzyme ecDHFR. He was later appointed as Senior Research Associate at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, CA where he worked on structurebased drug design using x-ray crystallography to elucidate the ligand-binding mode of two anticancer targets (enzymes) involved in de novo purine biosynthesis. Firmly believing that the 21st century life scientist must have multidisciplinary knowledge, interest and training, he went on to earn Professional Certificates in Bioinformatics and Data Mining from UCSD and expanded his fields of specialty to include bioinformatics and computational biology by doing research as Project Manager and Research Scholar jointly at the UCSD School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology and the San Diego Supercomputer Center under an IRACDA Fellowship award, where he worked on the mathematical modeling of protein-ligand and protein-protein interaction sites. Most recently he was assistant professor in bioinformatics and computational biology at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, where he taught bioinformatics, UNIX, Perl programming and structural biology, while advising several M.S. bioinformatics graduate students on their thesis projects. Vicente has published several peer-reviewed research papers, served as guest editor in several journals and made presentations and given talks in various national and international scientific conferences, including the Gordon Conferences. His current research interests are in the areas of bioinformatics (proteomics), computational and mathematical biology, biological complexity, etc. His most recent research projects include computational prediction of ligand binding sites in proteins and of protein-protein interaction partners, novel representations of protein 3D structures and surfaces, a cancer biotherapy bioinformatics resource, etc.; for a complete list, please click this link:

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Contact Vicente at vicentereyes {at-sign} gmail /dot/ com or vicente.reyes <at> ronininstitute [dot] org