UPR alumnus, Dr. Angel Martí, will receive the 2014 I-ASP New Investigator Award

03/24/ 2014

The American Society for Photobiology has just announced that Dr. Angel Martí, a former graduate student of Dr. Jorge Colón in our Department of Chemistry and currently Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Bioengineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas (, has been awarded the 2014 ASP New Investigator Award (

The ASP New Investigator Award was awarded since 1994 to recognize promising quality research in the fields of photomedicine, photobiology, photochemistry, and/or photophysics performed at a relatively early stage in an investigator’s career, typically within the first ten years of obtaining the terminal academic degree.

The award will be presented at the 37th ASP annual meeting which will be held at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego, California, next June 14-19, 2014. Dr. Martí will present an award lecture at the meeting as part of the award process.  The award is $1,000 plus travel (total $1,500.00) and a plaque.

Dr. Martí graduated with a Ph.D. in 2004 with a dissertation titled: Photophysical and photochemical studies of luminescent molecules directly ion exchanged into zirconium phosphate materials.  After being a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Columbia University under the supervision of the late Professor Nicholas Turro studying the design and synthesis of fluorescence probes for nucleic acids and protein detection, he accepted a tenure-track position at the Department of Chemistry at Rice University in 2008.  Dr. Martí research group is interested in the design and synthesis of multifunctional molecular constructs for the treatment and diagnosis of amyloid forming diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, in addition to the development of sensors and the in vivo and in vitro detection of DNA and mRNA.  The Martí group uses inorganic chemistry, photochemistry, spectroscopic and molecular biology techniques to study problems in chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, nanotechnology and medicine.

We congratulate Dr. Martí on winning this prestigious award.