A.A.S., Del Mar College, Biology, 2011
B.S., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Cellular & Molecular Biology, 2012
Ph. D., Texas A&M University, Toxicology, 2017
Natividad Roberto Fuentes is from Alice, Texas, a small town in South Texas.
Robert is a postdoctoral fellow supported by the Texas A&M University Regulatory Science in Environmental Health and Toxicology Training Grant (T32 ES026568). He conducts research in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Chapkin in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University and is affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Faculty of Toxicology Program at Texas A&M University.
Robert is a former recipient of the Texas A&M University System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS LSAMP) Bridge-to-the Doctorate (BTD) fellowship (2013-2015), and former recipient of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Predoctoral Fellowship in Pharmacology/Toxicology (2015-2017).
His research focuses on elucidating the underlying cellular mechanisms of how diet impacts disease processes. Specifically, his work utilizes advanced fluorescent microscopy techniques, and transgenic animal models to characterize the effects of dietary bioactives on the organization of proteolipid signaling clusters on colon cancer and T-cell plasma membranes.