January 2018 Spotlight

Rovira, Former ROUTES Scholar, Discusses PROTECT/CRECE Co-Op Experience in News@Northeastern

Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

On December 12th, 2017, News@Northeastern featured the article “Co-op in Puerto Rico Expands Student’s Interest in Environmental Health,” which detailed the ROUTES experience of former scholar Alejandro Rovira, who worked with PROTECT and CRECE throughout his co-op. The story highlights Alejandro’s explorative environmental health journey to Puerto Rico as the first scholar to work off-campus for their ROUTES research co-op.

Alejandro, an undergraduate Behavioral Neuroscience student at Northeastern University, first joined the ROUTES program in January of 2017 in order to participate in hands-on environmental health research. As a Puerto Rico native, he was especially interested in working with the Puerto Rico Testsite for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT) and the Center for Research on Early Childhood Exposure and Development (CRECE), two research centers that focus on the ways in which environmental exposures influence pregnant women and their infants after birth in Puerto Rico.

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