Nubia Zuverza-Mena

Postdoctoral Scientist, the Analytical Chemistry Department

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES)

Nubia Zuverza-Mena is a Postdoctoral Scientist in the Analytical Chemistry Department at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES). Nubia holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and started conducting research early in her career on the use of plants to remove heavy metals from the environment (phytoremediation). During her master studies, Dr. Zuverza-Mena explored the inclusion of a growth factor into poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels by stereolithography (3D printing) for nerve tissue regeneration purposes. She then entered the industrial sector as a manufacturing engineer at Cordis de Mexico, a Johnson and Johnson Co.  At Cordis, Nubia and her team worked to ensure balloons’ compliance for the production of catheters. Going back to the academia, she obtained a Ph.D. in 2016 from The University of Texas at El Paso in Materials Science and Engineering. Currently, Dr. Zuverza-Mena’s studies have been focused on the effects of nanomaterials on edible plants.  Nubia is involved in a project that aims to use metal oxide nanoparticles for fungal disease suppression and to increase crop yields; while diminishing the use of fertilizers and/or fungicides. In addition, she is investigating the fate of silver nanoparticles from soil to plants and to other organisms (red worms and crickets). Nubia is also working on validating the analysis of mycotoxins in animal feeds by liquid chromatography tandem-mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Such efforts will culminate in the accreditation of the CAES Animal Feed Regulatory Program Standards (AFRPS) to ISO/IEC 17025:2017.