Damian Hernandez


College / University

University of Miami

Highest Degree

Bachelor of Science

Major Subjects

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology




Lab Experience

Basic laboratory techniques in the field of molecular biology, such as fluorescent spectroscopy, PCR, Western Blots, gel electrophoresis, protein purification, etc.

Projects / Research

  • 06/2012 – 05/2013: Recognition of YscF as an early substrate of type III secretion in Yersinia pestis. Lab of Gregory V. Plano. Department of Microbiology and Immunology. University of Miami
  • 09/2011 – 02/2012: Structural analysis of ERBB2. Lab of Ralf Landgraf. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. University of Miami

Scholarships / Awards

2013 – 2014: Stipend by the International Max Planck Research School
2009 – 2013: Dean’s Scholarship of the University of Miami


My interests lie in the study of the metabolic processes of plants and the physiological consequences of said metabolic processes. My goals for taking part in this program are to be able to more explicitly define my interests (e.g. the effects of metabolic byproducts on plant growth, consequences of metabolic rate changes on botanic immunology, etc.) and to gain greater insight in the field of molecular biology in general. With the experience from this program, I hope to evolve as a researcher and to be a part of an extensive network of researchers who may be both friend and peer.