Dr. Emma Fernández-Repollet received her B.A. in Education from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus, her M.S. and Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC), and a postdoctoral training in renal physiology at Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Puerto Rico Medical School in 1982. Her academic experience includes teaching medical, graduate and dental students, as well as directing an active Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program, focusing on developing research infrastructure at the UPR-MSC, since its inception in 1986. Sheis a co-inventor in two patents in the area of flow cytometry.
Dr. Fernández-Repollet served as Vice President for Research and Technology at the University of Puerto Rico from 2003-2009 and as a member of the Puerto Rico Trust for Science, Technology and Research from 2004-2010. She has also served on a number of review groups and advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health, including the National Research Resources Advisory Council. Dr. Fernández-Repollet was also the President of the National Research Centers in MInority Institutions (RCMI) Program Directors Association, Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Center for Quantitative Cytometry, and member the Board of Directors of the Alliance for the Economic Development of Puerto Rico. She served as Vice President of INDUNIV, an industry-university research consortium from 2003-2009 and as President of the Puerto Rico Healthcare Council from 2010-2011. In 2007 she was recognized as Distinguished Ex-Alumni Graduate of the School of Biomedical Sciences University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and in 2008 she received the Fred Greenwood Award in recognition of her contributions in the area of research administration and health disparities.
Dr. Fernández-Repollet is currently Chair of the Steering Committee of the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN); Co-chair of the RCMI External Advisory Committee at Hunter College, NY; member of the RCMI External Advisory Committee at Meharry Medical College, TN, and Principal Investigator of the RCMI Program at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus. She has been a member of the Puerto Rico EPSCoR State Committee since 2000.