Irving E. Vega
Irving E. Vega is associate professor in the Department of Translational Science and Molecular Medicine at the College of Human Medicine. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus, where he was a NIH-Minority Access for Research Careers (MARC) Fellow. He continued his research training in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the Graduate School of New Brunswick, Rutgers University, where he earned his PhD. Dr. Vega proceeded to a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuroscience Department at Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, where he developed his research career focusing on the identification of proteome changes associated with the accumulation of pathological tau proteins in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. His commitment to mentor the next generation of researchers, especially those from underrepresented ethnic groups in science, is based on his own experiences and serves as the basis for a productive research career.