danileacm UABc
Medical Student
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellow

Short Bio:
Danilea M. Carmona Matos is a third year medical student at San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Caguas, Puerto Rico. She has a Master’s in Medical Sciences from the Ponce Health Sciences University in Ponce, Puerto Rico and a bachelor’s in Science in Biology with a minor in Italian Language and Culture from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

Danilea is a former Foreign Languages, Science and Social Studies teacher for students of various educational levels and socio-economic backgrounds. Danilea has been active volunteer in both hospital and academic settings serving as an interpreter for doctor/patient interactions, providing patients with the necessary information or referrals to the appropriate personnel and helping underserved students gain confidence to pursue higher education.

Danilea has been working on both clinical and basic/translational research in Dr. Chen and Dr. Jaskula-Sztul's Lab. Her basic science projects have focused on the characterization of somatostatin receptor 2 (SSTR2) expression in agressive thyroid tumors and, most recently, in Hürthle cell carcinoma. Danilea has also spearheaded projects focused on potential therapeutic drugs, drug targets and the pathways implicated in drug effectiveness. On the other hand, her clinical projects have focused on surgical education.

As an aspiring physician scientist, she hopes to have a career that integrates general surgery, cancer research and education.

Contact Info:
1824 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233

Phone: 205-975-8558

Email: danileac@uab.edu / danileacm@sanjuanbautista.edu