Brenda Benavides

Brenda Benavides



Brenda is currently a Chemistry PhD Candidate working in Dr. Kutz's Lab on projects in Cancer Reserarch and Bio Energy. She was born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and earned her Bacholer’s Degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), as a Biological Clinical Chemist. She was employed by UANL as an Undergraduate Researcher for the Analytical Chemistry Department. Brenda received her Bachelor's Degree in 2000 from UANL Medical School in Monterrey, Mexico. After graduation, she worked at the Pharmacology Department at UANL and as high school biology teacher in San Nicolas de los Garza, Mexico. Later, she worked as Analytical Chemist in IPharma S.A. de C.V., performing bioequivalences studies, invited by the former Dean of her Alma Mater.

In 2009, Brenda started her Master’s Degree studies at the University of Texas-Pan American (now UTRGV). She also worked as a Teacher Assistant in the General Chemistry Lab and Research Assistant in the Chemistry Department, where she performed biocompatibility studies of Electrospun Polymer Nanofibers in NIH 3T3 cells and in studies in Phase II enzymes induced by flavonoids. Currently, Brenda is a Chemistry PhD candidate at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she is working with protein scaffolds for photochemical H2 generation with potential applications in alternative energy and medicine.