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Emma Fernandez-Repollet
Title PI RCMI Program
Faculty Rank Professor
Degree PhD
Institution University of Puerto Rico
Department Pharmacology
Clusters Community Engagement
Obesity and Metabolic Syndromes
Women's Health and Reproductive Biology
UPR-Medical Sciences Campus
RCMI Program B621A 6th Floor
P.O. Box 365067
City San Juan
State PR
Postal Code 00936-5067
Telephone (787) 763-9401
Fax (787) 758-5206
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Title MS
Institution UPR Medical Sciences Campus
Department Physiology
Division Medicine
Title PhD
Institution UPR Medical Sciences Campus
Department Physiology
Division Medicine
Title Post-Doctoral
Institution Duke University
Department Medicine
Division Renal
Title Post-Doctoral
Institution UNC Chapel Hill
Department Medicine
Division Renal Micropuncture

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1968 PR Science Teacher Association Medal Science Teacher Association
1992 PR Academy of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Young PR Scientist
1994 RCMI PI/PD Association RCMI Service Award
1999 Center for Quatitative Cytometry Secretary, Board of Directors
2000 PR EPSCoR PR EPSCoR State Committee
2003 RCMI PI/PD Association President, Board of Directors
2003 INDUNIV Vice President, Board of Directors
2003 University of Puerto Rico System VP for Research and Technology
2005 PR Science, Technology and Research Trust Board of Trustees
2006 PR Department of Health Board for Clinical Research
2007 Wyeth Advisory Board on Women's Health
2007 UPR School of Medicine Distinguished Ex-Alumni Biomedical Sciences
2008 UPR Cayey BRIC External Advisory Committee
2008 RCMI PI/PD Association Fred Greenwood Award
2008 AUTM Eastern Region Organizing Committee
2009 Harvard University Advisory Board Women in Academic Medicine
2009 PR Healthcare Council President, Healthcare Cluster
2010 National Center for Research Resources Member NCRR-NIH Council
2012 Maria Reina School System Board of Directors
2013 Hunter College External Advisory Committee

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  Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet received her B.A. in Education from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, and a postdoctoral training in renal physiology at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School in 1982. Her academic experience includes teaching medical, graduate and dental students, as well as maintaining an active Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program focusing on developing research infrastructure since 1986. She is a co-inventor in two patents on the area of flow cytometry. Dr. Fernández-Repollet served as Vice President for Research and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico from 2003-2009. She was a member of the Puerto Rico Trust for Science, Technology and Research, an autonomous entity created to provide ongoing funding for research and development projects and infrastructure advancements in the Island. She has also served on a number of review groups and advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, including the committee for developing the National Center for Research Resources Strategic Plans for 2004-2008 and 2009-2013 and the National Advisory Research Resources Council at NCRR-NIH. She was also the President of the National RCMI Program Directors Association from 2003-2006, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Center for Quantitative Cytometry from 1990-2004, and member the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Economic Development of Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rico Diabetes Center. Dr. Fernández-Repollet served as Vice President of INDUNIV, an industry-university research consortium from 2003-2009 and as President of the Puerto Rico Health Care Council from 2011-2012. In 2007, Dr. Fernández-Repollet was recognized as Distinguished Ex-Alumni Graduate by the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. She received the 2008 Fred Greenwood Award in recognition of her contributions in the area of research administration and health disparities. She is currently a member of the External Advisory Committees of the RCMI Basic and Translational Research Center for Reducing Health Disparities at Hunter College, New York and the RCTR Meharry Clinical and Translational Research Center (MeTRC) at Meharry Medical College, Tennessee. She is also Chair of the Steering Committee of the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN), a national network of RCMI institutions.

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1. Ofili EO, Schanberg LE, Hutchinson B, Sogade F, Fergus I, Duncan P, Hargrove J, Artis A, Onyekwere O, Batchelor W, Williams M, Oduwole A, Onwuanyi A, Ojutalayo F, Cross JA, Seto TB, Okafor H, Pemu P, Immergluck L, Foreman M, Mensah EA, Quarshie A, Mubasher M, Baker A, Ngare A, Dent A, Malouhi M, Tchounwou P, Lee J, Hayes T, Abdelrahim M, Sarpong D, Fernandez-Repollet E, Sodeke SO, Hernandez A, Thomas K, Dennos A, Smith D, Gbadebo D, Ajuluchikwu J, Kong BW, McCollough C, Weiler SR, Natter MD, Mandl KD, Murphy S. The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) Cardiovascular Implementation Study (CVIS): A Research Registry Integrating Social Determinants to Support Care for Underserved Patients. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 05 10; 16(9).
2. Ofili EO, Tchounwou PB, Fernandez-Repollet E, Yanagihara R, Akintobi TH, Lee JE, Malouhi M, Garner ST, Hayes TT, Baker AR, Dent AL, Abdelrahim M, Rollins L, Chang SP, Sy A, Hernandez BY, Bullard PL, Noel RJ, Shiramizu B, Hedges JR, Berry MJ, Bond VC, Lima MF, Mokuau N, Kirken RA, Cruz-Correa M, Sarpong DF, Vadgama J, Yates C, Kahn SA, Soliman KF, Perry G, Pezzano M, Luciano CA, Barnett ME, Oyekan A, Kumar D, Norris KC. The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Multi-Site Basic Biomedical, Clinical and Behavioral Research. Ethn Dis. 2019; 29(Suppl 1):135-144.
3. Fernandez-Repollet E, Locatis C, De Jesus-Monge WE, Maisiak R, Liu WL. Effects of summer internship and follow-up distance mentoring programs on middle and high school student perceptions and interest in health careers. BMC Med Educ. 2018 May 02; 18(1):84.
4. González-Espada W, Díaz-Muñoz G, Feliú-Mójer M, Flores-Otero J, Fortis-Santiago Y, Guerrero-Medina G, López-Casillas M, Colón-Ramos DA, Fernández-Repollet E. Assessing a Science Graduate School Recruitment Symposium. Cuad Investig Educ. 2015 Dec; 30:55-70.
5. Fernández-Repollet E, Torres JA. Translating science into better health: the power of diversity and multicultural engagement. Guest editors'' message. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov; 24(4 Suppl):x-xi.
6. Fernández-Repollet E. Message from the VP for Research and Technology. P R Health Sci J. 2009 Sep; 28(3):219.
7. Schwartz A, Gaigalas AK, Wang L, Marti GE, Vogt RF, Fernandez-Repollet E. Formalization of the MESF unit of fluorescence intensity. Cytometry B Clin Cytom. 2004 Jan; 57(1):1-6.
8. Mosca L, Allen C, Fernandez-Repollet E, Kim C, Lee M, McAuley JW, McLaughlin M. Setting a local research agenda for women''s health: The National Centers of Excellence in Women''s Health. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2001 Dec; 10(10):927-35.
9. Killien M, Bigby JA, Champion V, Fernandez-Repollet E, Jackson RD, Kagawa-Singer M, Kidd K, Naughton MJ, Prout M. Involving minority and underrepresented women in clinical trials: the National Centers of Excellence in Women''s Health. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 2000 Dec; 9(10):1061-70.
10. Finn WF, Fernandez-Repollet E, Goldfarb D, Iaina A, Eliahou HE. Attenuation of injury due to unilateral renal ischemia: delayed effects of contralateral nephrectomy. J Lab Clin Med. 1984 Feb; 103(2):193-203.
11. Fernandez-Repollet E, LeFurgey A, Hardy MA, Tisher CC. Structural and functional response of toad urinary bladder to LiCl. Kidney Int. 1983 Dec; 24(6):719-30.
12. Fernandez-Repollet E, Opava-Stitzer S, Tiffany S, Schwartz A. Effects of endogenous antidiuretic hormone (ADH) on macrophage phagocytosis. J Histochem Cytochem. 1983 Jul; 31(7):956-9.
13. Schwartz A, Sugg H, Ritter TW, Fernandez-Repollet E. Direct determination of cell diameter, surface area, and volume with an electronic volume sensing flow cytometer. Cytometry. 1983 May; 3(6):456-8.

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