Our Team

Natalia Quinete

Natalia Quinete is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Institute of Environment at FIU. She received her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She did her postdoctoral research at FIU in the Southeast Environmental Research Center (SERC). She worked as a Research Scientist in Germany (Uniklinik Aachen) and at NC State in the Department of Environmental Engineering.

Danni Cui

Danni Cui earned her B.S. in applied chemistry from Liaoning University in 2011 and since 2018 her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry at FIU. In 2019 she worked at North Carolina State University. She has joined the group in 2020 as a Postdoctoral Associate working on method development and determination of phthalates and PFAS in environmental matrices. She is now working on the EPA Project to assess chemical exposure to children through soil and dust ingestion.

Leila Lemos

Leila S. Lemos is a Postdoc in the Institute of Environment at FIU working with cortisol, PFAS and phthalate analysis in oysters and dolphins, and coral lipidomic assessments . She has a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from the Santa Ursula University (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 2006), an MBA specialization degree in Environmental Planning and Management from the Veiga de Almeida University (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 2009), a M.Sc. degree in Public Health and Environment from Public Health National School / Oswald Cruz Foundation (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 2012), and a Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Science from the Oregon State University (Corvallis, United States – 2020).

Joseph Cox

Joe Cox is a Postdoc in the Institute of Environment at FIU working on the EPA project developing new nontargeted analysis methodologies for estimation of soil and dust rate ingestion in children. He was a former Forensic Toxicologist and Lab Manager for ExperTox in Deer Park, Tx and has recently graduated from West Virginia University (WVU) with a doctorate in Forensic Science (Fall 2021).

Xuerong Li

Xuerong is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the assessment of the occurrence, distribution and transport of PFAS in surface waters and drinking water in South Florida, including preserved areas of the Everglades. She got her B.S. in Biotechnology in 2014 from Jilin University, China.

Olutobi Daniel Ogunbiyi

Daniel is a graduate student pursuing his Ph.D in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the assessment and bioaccumulation of PFAS in recreational fish and processed food from South Florida. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2018 at the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria.

Maria Eugenia Guerra de Navarro

Maria Eugenia is a graduate student pursuing her Ph.D in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the assessment of non-point sources (atmospheric deposition) of PFAS in South Florida. She received her B.S. in Chemistry in 2006 at the Universidad Simón Bolívar, and Master in Environmental Sciences in 2014 at the Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. She has worked many years as consultant, analyst and quality assurance at different companies.

Yosmely Reyna

Yosmely is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the assessment of PFAS in rainwater in South Florida. She joined the group in Spring 2022 and will be working until Summer 2022, when she graduates.

Estela Manfrin

Estela is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the assessment of PFAS in dolphins from Orlando, California and San Diego. She joined the group in Spring 2022 and will be working until Summer 2022, when she graduates.

Yordano Matos

Yordano is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on assessment of volatiles PFAS in rainwater and atmospheric particulate matter in South Florida. He joined the group on Summer 2022.

Neumiah Massenat

Neumiah is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and REU in the Institute of Environment working on investigating PFAS profiles and distribution in Biscayne Bay, South Florida. She joined the group on Summer 2022 and will be graduating Summer 2022. She already got an accepted into the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Carla Colon Montalvo

Carla is a REU for Summer 2022 in the Institute of Environment. She received a scholarship from PRLSAMP (Research Opportunities
for Undergraduate Students for Summer 2022). She is biology student from University of Puerto Rico working on the determination of phthalates to evaluate their effects in the behavior of land crab larvae, Cardisoma guanhumi.

Marie F. Corujo Bonilla

Marie is a REU for Summer 2022 in the Institute of Environment. She received a scholarship from PRLSAMP (Research Opportunities
for Undergraduate Students for Summer 2022). She is biology student from University of Puerto Rico working on the determination of phthalates to evaluate their effects in the behavior of land crab larvae, Cardisoma guanhumi.

Previous students

Christian Hernandez Fajardo

Christian was a undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the Firefighter Cancer Initiative project in Spring until end of June 2022. He was measuring PFAS exposure through protective gears and clothes. He has been accepted to a graduate program (Master in Biomedical Engineering) at the University Paris-Cite in France.

Morgan Fatowe

Morgan was a Honor undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working together with Xuerong Li on the determination of PFAS in different areas of Florida. She was accepted in the Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) Program and joined the group in Falls 2020 and continued in the lab until graduation Spring 2022. She got accepted at SUNY ESF (State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Syracuse, NY) for a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry!

Alessandra Sanchez

Alessandra was an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the oxidative stress assessment of oysters and fish from Florida. She joined the group on Summer 2021 until Fall 2021.

Laura Gantiva

Laura was an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the development of an analytical method for the determination of phthalates in oysters from Florida. She graduated in Spring 2021 and continued working in the lab during Summer 2021.

Catherine Kaylor

Catie was a REU for Summer 2021 through the program in the Institute of Environment. She is Oceanography student from Texas A&M University working on the determination of PFAS in oysters from Florida.

Melissa Ricardo

Melissa was a undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry working on the determination of phthalates in surface waters leaching from plastic wastes. She graduated in Spring 2021 and is applying for Med School.