About Carlos A. Casiano, PhD

I was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, into a family that instilled in me the values of hard work, faith, education, and respect for others.  In 1980 I began my training in biomedical research at the University of Puerto Rico-San Juan, which was followed by doctoral and postdoctoral training at the University of California-Davis and the Scripps Research Institute-San Diego, respectively.  In 1997 I joined the faculty of LLU School of Medicine.  I have been married to my wife, a Peruvian social worker, for over 35 years and have a son (pathology resident at UCLA) and a daughter (doctoral physical therapy student at LLU).  As a Tenured Professor of Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Medicine, I am highly committed to the following goals:

1) pursuing scholarship excellence in the fields of cancer, health disparities, and autoimmunity research;  2) maintaining an extramurally funded biomedical research program; 3) further the mission and objectives of the LLU Center for Health Disparities and Molecular Medicine;  4) training a diverse scientific workforce;  5) mentoring young investigators;  6) teaching graduate and medical students current and emerging concepts/technologies in my areas of expertise;  7) engaging in service at LLU, the community, and national/international academic and government scientific organizations;  and 8) supporting and representing the mission and values of LLU at the workplace, the community, and the multiple outside academic and professional venues where I am called to serve.