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Associate Scientist

Radamés J.B. Cordero, PhD, MS, studies how melanin protects against hazardous radiation and thermal stress.

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Research Interests

fungal melanin; polysaccharide capsule; microbial pathogenesis; Cryptococcus; radioprotection; energy budgets; thermal biology; infrared imaging; color-mediated thermoregulation; thermography; infrared camera; energy transduction; heat; temperature; solar; radiation shielding; energy storage; photovoltaics; scholarly communication practices
Experiences & Accomplishments
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Albert Einstein School of Medicine
University of Puerto Rico - Arecibo
Honors & Awards
2021 Phase II Small Business Technology Transfer Award, DoD-Army, USA
2021 JHU COVID-19 Bridge Grant, Vice Provost for Research, JHU
2021 Delta Omega Honor Society-Alpha Chapter, JHBSPH
2020 NASA Center Innovation Fund, OH, USA
2020 Institutional Program for Internationalization Award, CAPES, Brazil
2019 Small Business Technology Transfer, Department of Defense
2018 Seed Grant Technology Accelerator, JHU Bloomberg, Baltimore, MD
2017 Center for AIDS Research Award for Faculty Development, JHU, Baltimore, MD
2016 Biomedical Scholar Association Milestone for Academic Excellence, JHU
2012-14 Young Talent Attraction Award, Science without Borders, CnPq/CAPES, Brasil
2008 Honors in Master of Science Degree (Class 2012), Einstein, USA
2005 UPR President Award for Highest GPA in Microbiology, UPRA Graduation, PR
Select Publications
Most recent publications about melanin:
  • Impact of Yeast Pigmentation on Heat Capture and Latitudinal Distribution. Cordero RJB, Robert V, Cardinali G, Arinze ES, Thon SM, Casadevall A. Curr Biol. 2018 Aug 20;28(16):2657-2664.
  • Cell-wall dyes interfere with Cryptococcus neoformans melanin deposition Perez-Dulzaides R, Camacho E, Cordero RJB, Casadevall A. Microbiology. 2018 Aug;164(8):1012-1022.
  • Melanin for space travel radioprotection. Cordero RJB. Environ Microbiol. 2017 Jul;19(7):2529-2532.
  • Melanin, Radiation, and Energy Transduction in Fungi Casadevall A, Cordero RJB, Bryan R, Nosanchuk J, Dadachova E. Microbiol Spectr. 2017 Mar;5(2).
  • Functions of fungal melanin beyond virulence Cordero RJB and Casadevall A. Fungal Biology Reviews. Volume 31, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages 99-112.
Thermal biology of fungi
Structure and Functions of Fungal Melanins
Structure and Function of the Cryptococcal Capsule
The hydrodynamic properties of convalescent plasma