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Madeline Torres-Lugo, Ph.D.

email: madeline@ece.uprm.edu
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Current Projects with MBRS-SCORE funds:
Examination of the mechanisms of Interaction of PEG-rich Matrices with the MRP and MDR Transporters


B.S. Chemical Engineering (1997), University of Puerto Rico , Mayagüez, PR.
M.S. Chemical Engineering (1999), Purdue University , West Lafayette, IN.
Ph. D. Chemical Engineering (2001), Purdue University , West Lafayette, IN.

Professional Experience:

Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR.
2001-2004: Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, PR.
Research Assistant, Department of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.

Honors and Awards:

  • Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University , West Lafayette , Indiana , 2000.

  • Fearnot Award Winner for best summer seminar from the Biomedical Engineering Department, Purdue University , 1999.

  • Ph.D GEM Fellowship in Engineering, 1999-2000.

  • MS GEM Fellowship in Engineering, 1998-1999.

  • Gold Medal Award Winner for best work in the Material Research Society Meeting held in Boston, Massachusetts , 1998.


  • Torres-Lugo, M . García, M., Record, R., Peppas, N.A., pH-Sensitive Hydrogels as Gastrointestinal Tract Absorption Enhancers: Transport Mechanisms of Salmon Calcitonin and other Model Molecules using the Caco-2 Cell Model, Biotech. Prog., 18 , 612-616 (2002).

  • Torres-Lugo, M . García, M., Record, R., Peppas, N.A., Physicochemical Behavior and Cytotoxic Effects of P(MAA-g-EG) Nanospheres for the Oral Delivery of Proteins, J. Controlled Rel. , 80, 197-205, (2002).

  • O. Sipahigil, M. Torres-Lugo and N.A. Peppas, FTIR Spectroscopic Analysis of Protein/Carrier Interactions in Novel Protein Delivery Systems , STP Pharma , 12 , 345-350 (2002).

  • Torres-Lugo, M ., Peppas N.A., Preparation and Characterization of Poly(Methacrylic Acid-grafted-Poly(Ethylene Glycol)) Nanospheres, J. Nanopart. Tech., 4(1), 73-81, (2002).

  • M. Garcia, M. Torres-Lugo , M. J. Alonso and N. A. Peppas, "Biointeractions of pH-Sensitive Poly(methacrylic acid-g-ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Microspheres with the Caco-2 Model Cell Line", in "New Trends in Polymers for Oral and Parenteral Administration: From Design to Receptors", G. Barratt, D. Duchêne, F. Fattal and J.Y. Legendre, eds., 386-389, Editions de Santé, Paris, 2001.

  • Peppas N.A., Huang, Y., Torres-Lugo, M., Ward, J.H., Zhang, J., Physicochemical Foundations and Structural Design of Hydrogels in Medicine and Biology, in Yarmush M.L., Diller, K.R., Toner, M., eds., Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering , Vol. 2, pp. 9-29, Annual Reviews, Palo Alto, CA, 2000.

  • Torres-Lugo, M., Peppas, N.A., Transmucosal Delivery Systems for Calcitonin: A Review, Biomaterials , 21, 1191-1196, (2000).

  • Peppas, N.A., Keys, K.B., Torres-Lugo, M ., Lowman, A.M., Poly(ethylene glycol)-containing Hydrogels in Drug Delivery, J. Contr. Rel. , 62, 81-87, (1999).

  • Torres-Lugo, M. , Peppas, N.A., Molecular Design and In vitro Studies of Novel pH-Sensitive Hydrogels for the Oral Delivery of Calcitonin, Macromolecules , 32 (20), 6646-6651,(1999).

  • Chiou, C., Torres-Lugo, M. Mariñas, B.J., Adams , J.Q., Non-biological Surrogate Indicators for Assessing Ozone Disinfection, J. AWWA , 89, 8, 54-66,(1997)

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