Dr. Marina Martinez-Vargas her BS in Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Humacao Campus. Then, she received her PhD in Biochemistry at UPR, Medical Sciences Campus. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience and Thrombosis at Baylor College of Medicine. She has 6 peer review publications. Her research interest are focus on Traumatic Brain Injury. She is applying for a Career Development Award from the Department of Veteran Affairs. She are proposing to address novel molecular mechanisms associated with the Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) damage and testing potential reagents capable of improving BBB integrity after TBI.