Esmeralda Ponce

Esmeralda Ponce

Esmeralda Ponce

Esme develops, performs, and analyzes experiments that analyze ROS levels, the activity of proteins, and cellular oxidation. Her work ethic is rivaled only by her extreme efficiency and commitment to helping team-members succeed. Her love for science began when she was first introduced to scientific research as an undergraduate and work-study lab technician at the Dominican University of California. She published her research findings and presented data at several conferences during her undergraduate and graduate career. She has applied her scientific research skills at a community-based level as she earned her Master of Public Health, positively impacting the communities in which she worked. Currently, as a Research Associate II at Mercaptor Discoveries, her focus is on how Captons® help to protect neuronal cells from excitotoxicity and oxidative stress. Esme has completed internships in the Occupational Health Internship Program and the California Department of Public health. She was also adjunct faculty at Dominican University and taught microbiology and human physiology labs.  

While at Mercaptor she has been team captain for all fundraisers we have participated in: Walk to Defeat ALS (2 years) and Parkinson’s Moving Day. She is a certified Domestic Violence Advocate, receiving her 40-hour training with the Center for Domestic Peace, an organization to which Mercaptor donated 25 journals to women living in domestic violence shelter or transition homes.  

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