Ninotchska Delvalle-Dorta

  • Graduate Students

Faculty Advisor: Brian D. Gulbransen, PhD

B.S., 2013, University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo
Medical Microbiology

Entered Program in 2013
Gulbransen Lab

Academic and Research Background

I received my bachelors degree in medical microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico- Arecibo in May 2013. As an undergraduate I researched the role of voltage gated calcium channels in MeHg induced dopamine release from PC12 cells.

Current Research Interests

Gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel disease (IBD) and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS) are chronic and debilitating disorders affecting millions of Americans. These gut dysfunctions result from alterations to the enteric nervous system and neuronal cell death. However, the mechanisms underling neuronal death are poorly understood thus, no neuroprotective therapeutic strategies are available to preserve gastrointestinal function. My research focuses on the neuroprotective role of glia in the enteric nervous system to better understand the mechanisms underling neuronal death during inflammation.

Personal Interests

Apart from my interest in research I also enjoy going to the movies, dancing and cooking.


  • Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantship, The Graduate School, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (2013)
  • Minority Affairs Committee Travel Award at the Biophysical Society 57th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA (2013)
  • 2012 Minority Education Program at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology in San Francisco, CA (2012)

Posters and Presentations

  • Delvalle-Dorta N, Fried D, McClain J, Gulbransen B. Chronic stimulation of GFAP::hM3Dq Receptors on enteric Glia Induces Functional but not Morphological Changes in the Enteric Nervous System. 2015. Neural Conference at UAB Birmingham, AL.