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Dr. Eloy Rodriguez 02/18/14



Professor Dr. Eloy Rodriguez (Cornell University) is a Chicano (American Indian-Spaniard-Mexican) from Texas whose ancestors settled in South Texas in the 18th Century.  Dr. Rodriguez grew up with 60+ cousins of which the majority received undergraduate degrees and ten earned their Ph.d. and/or Masters degrees.  Dr. Rodriguez received his undergraduate degree in Zoology and a minor in chemistry, at the University of Texas, Austin.  He later received his Ph.D. (1975) at UT Austin under the supervision of Dr. Tom J. Mabry.  He was a Canadian Medical Postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia investigating the medicinal and toxic properties of plants.  Dr. Rodriguez has published over 175 research articles, co-authored two books and written various chapters and popular articles.  He was a full professor at UC Irvine and for the last 20 years has been the James A. Perkins endowed professor in Environmental and Chemical Biology. Dr. Rodriguez’ research on the chemistry and biology of medicinal and poisonous plants has been supported by the NSF, NIH, Howard Hughes Medical Institution and various private foundations. He has established two field research laboratories, one in the Amazon of Peru and the other in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.


Dr. Rodriguez has trained over 300 undergraduate students (minority and nonminority) in basic research with an emphasis on chemistry, biology, ecology and medicine.  He also developed the KIDS (Kids, Investigating, Discovering Science) Program for K-12 minority students and also established the NIH-MHIRT program at both UC Irvine and Cornell.  Dr. Rodriguez is an AAAS Fellow and received the Martin de la Cruz Medal for research on Mexican Medicinal Plants.

Campus Visit Details:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

  • Meet and Greet Breakfast: 8-10am in MUC 103B.  Presentation title: “The Ups and Downs of Pursuing a Ph.D.-A Reality Story by a Minority Scientist”
  • Student Luncheon: 12-1:30pm in WNDAACC (Clement 120).  Presentation title: “The Ups and Downs of Pursuing a Ph.D.-A Reality Story by a Minority Scientist”
  • Lecture: 2:30-4pm in MUC 303. Presentation title: “The EthnoBiology and Chemistry of New World Nature-Based Medicines” 

Sponsored by: 

Disability Services

Hispanic Cultural Center

Office of Undergraduate Research

Wilbur N. Daniel African American Center (WNDAACC)

Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Access and Diversity Grant