Dr. Garcia is an experienced pharmacologist and microbiologist specializing in cell signaling and infectious diseases. Through a diverse multidisciplinary approach, I have amassed extensive experience in drug development and characterization at both the academic and industrial level. I earned my doctorate in Molecular Pharmacology at Brown University in the prestigious Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology and Biotechnology Department under the mentorship of Dr. Wayne Bowen. I have received recognition for my work in the characterization of the Sigma-2 Receptor and my leadership and dedication to teaching. These attributes earned me a full-membership induction into the Sigma Xi Society. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from the University of Rhode Island (URI), with a minor in Chemistry. My work on antibiotic development led to the discovery of active compounds against the then emerging threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Currently, I hold a dual-appointment as a Visiting Scientist at Brown University and a Senior Research Scientist at Rhode Island Hospital where I am the recipient of the Stein-Bellet Fellowship in the Diane N. Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research. I am an active researcher in novel cancer targets and therapeutics, as well as the development and characterization of antibiotic-independent antimicrobial surface coatings.