|2013 - Present||Associate Professor, Nova Southeastern University ‐ Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography|
|2006 - 2013||Assistent Professor, Nova Southeastern University|
|2005 - 2006||Visiting Professor, Nova Southeastern University|
chemistry, DNA, spectroscopic analysis, spectroscopy, enzyme assay, DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, criminal justice, forensic science, evidence collection, fingerprint analysis, handwriting analysis, blood spatter analysis, thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics, pharmaceuticals, electrochemistry, flavones, cancer research, and porphyrin binding
|2005||Ph.D., Chemistry, Florida International University|
|1998||B.S., Chemistry, Florida International University|
|1987 - 1990||Associate Degree, University of Habana|
Journal articles written or co-written by Dr. Maria Ballester.
Qualitative Analysis of Sequence Specific Binding of Flavones to DNA Using Restriction Endonuclease Activity Assays Biopolymers (2013)
Flavones, found in nature as secondary plant metabolites, have shown efficacy as anti-cancer agents. We have examined the binding of two flavones, 5,7-dihydroxy-3,6,8-trimethoxy-2-phenyl-4H-chromen-4-one (5,7-dihydroxy-3,6,8-trimethoxy flavone; FlavA) and 3,5-dihydroxy-6,7,8-trimethoxy-2-phenyl-4H-chromen-4-one (3,5-dihydroxy-6,7,8-trimethoxy flavone; FlavB), to phiX174 RF DNA ...
Anti-Neoplastic Activity of Two Flavone Isomers Derived from Gnaphalium elegans and Achyrocline bogotensis PLoS One (2012)
Over 4000 flavonoids have been identified so far and among these, many are known to have antitumor activities. The basis of the relationships between chemical structures, type and position of substituent groups and the effects ...
Conference presentations, proceedings, lectures, and symposia given by Dr. Maria Ballester.
Cationic Porphyrin Basicity and Possible Implications in Photodynamic Therapy Chemistry and Physics Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2018)
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a cutting edge cancer treatment that is currently being researched with great interest. PDT uses an agent, commonly a porphyrin molecule, thatis activated when it is exposed to specific wavelenghths of ...
Sequence and topological specificity in the binding of tetra(N-methylpyridyl)porphines to DNAs Chemistry and Physics Faculty Proceedings, Presentations, Speeches, Lectures (2015)
Pyridyl porphyrins have gained attention as potential antitumor agents. In this study we report on the binding of family of tetra(methylpyridyl)porphines to relaxed and supercoiled circular phiX197RF DNA. Binding to this DNAs was probed using ...
Other scholarly research by Dr. Maria Ballester.
Relative basicities of free base porphyrins : understanding the role of macrocyclic distortion FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations (2005)
Porphyrins have been the center of numerous investigations in different areas of chemistry, geochemistry, and the life sciences. In nature the conformation of the porphyrin macrocycle varies, depending on the function of its apoenzyme. It ...