Consultants and Collaborators

Consultants and collaborators in current projects:


Andrés Calle, MS

CEO-Founder of AppLivio Company

1250 Ave Ponce de Leon, suite 400, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00907


Phone: 939-545-0097

Areas of interest: Industrial Engineering, Healthcare Management Systems, Business Development, Materials Science Research



Jerrold S. Meyer, PhD – Stress Biomarkers/Hair Cortisol Laboratory

Research Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Neuroscience & Behavior Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 441 Tobin Hall Amherst, MA 01003


Phone: 413-545-2168

Areas of interest: Accumulation of the stress hormone cortisol in growing hair and nails as a biomarker of long-term activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis and its responsiveness to chronic stress both in adulthood and during early development.


Andrea Lopez-Cepero, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University


Areas of Interest: Behavior and Health, Cardiometabolic Diseases, Health Disparities, Nutrition, Social Determinants of Health


Mayra Estrella, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth Houston School of Public Health in Brownsville


Areas of Interest: Psychosocial factors related to cognitive and brain health among Latinos living in the US and Puerto Rico; Resilience and cognitive reserve in Latinos; Social determinants of cardiovascular health.


Jose Ordovas

Senior Scientist, Nutrition and Genomics Team, Professor, Nutrition and Genetics, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University


Areas of Interest: Molecular Biology, Nutrition, Genetics, Lipoproteins and Cardiovascular Disease Risk


Consultants and collaborators in former projects:


Charmaine Alfonso, RD, EdD– Nutritionist

College of Nutritionists and Dietitians of Puerto Rico. 1430 Portales de Altamesa 2303, San Alfonso Street, San Juan PR


Phone: 787-644-8210

Areas of interest: Nutrition, Data Analysis


Patrick Vinck, PhD – Natural Disaster Response

Research Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Assistant Professor, Global Health and Population, Harvard Chan School of Public Health; Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Lead Investigator at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 14 Story Street, Cambridge, MA 02138


Phone: 617-384-8368

Areas of interest: Resilience to Disasters, Conflict and Health, and Technology and the Ethics of Data