PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2012
MS, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, 2008
BS, University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo, 2005
Dr. Cordero is a Research Associate in the laboratory of Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D. Professor & Chair of the MMI Department. His research utilizes biophysical methods to study how melanization alters fungal biology and protects against environmental stressors associated with climate change (i.e. temperature, radiation, and humidity). Melanins are present in all life forms, serving in visual perception, physical and chemical protection, and radiation energy capture/translation. By understanding the physicochemical properties of fungal melanins, Dr. Cordero hopes to learn about the ecology and climate adaptation in fungi, plants and animals and to exploit melanin’s unique properties for the development of new biotechnologies to improve human living, sustainability, and evolution.
Honors and Awards
In 2005, Dr. Cordero received a B.S. with distinction in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo, received his M.S. with distinction in Biochemistry and his PhD. in Microbiology from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. His doctoral research work describes the structure, dynamics, and physicochemical properties of the Cryptococcus polysaccharide capsule; an important virulence factor required for causing disease in mammals. In 2013, he received the Young Talent Attraction Award to continue his research on biophysical microbiology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he studied virulence synergism between Cryptococcus and Histoplasma in a murine co-infection model. While in Brazil, he developed an interest in studying scholarly communication practices and bibliometry of the scientific literature. Dr. Cordero joined JHSPH as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2015 to study biology and physics of fungal melanins.