Mariola M. Flores Rivera
Exchange PhD Student
Institute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences
Laboratory for Inorganic Chemical Biology
+33 1 85 78 41 53
Mariola grew up in Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, a small town in the center of the island, and she is the oldest of 6 siblings. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus (UPRM). In August 2018, she became part of the Applied Chemistry Doctoral Program at the UPRM. She is currently working at the Metallocene Research Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Enrique Meléndez. The aim of this project is the synthesis, characterization, and application of new ferrocene-hormone complexes for biomedical research. Mariola has been awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship, from the Embassy of France in the United States, to continue her research thesis at the Chimie ParisTech, PSL University for 4 months.
In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, coffee, traveling, swimming, and dancing salsa.
2022: Chateaubriand Fellowship Program.
2021: NSF BioXFEL Fellowship Program 2021-2022.
2021: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation – UPRM Ph.D. Enrichment Program – Fellowship.
2020: NSF BioXFEL Fellowship Program 2020-2021.
2020: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Honorable Mention
2019: Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence Conference – Travel Award.
2018: NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program 2018-2020.
2018: Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PR-LSAMP): Undergraduate Research Program – Fellowship.
 Synthesis, Crystal Structure, Hirshfeld Surface Analysis, and DFT Studies of 16-Ferrocenylidene-17β-Estra-1,3,5-Triene-3,17-Diol: Towards the Application of Ferrocene-Hormone Conjugates to Target Hormone Dependent Breast Cancer.
J.A. Carmona-Negrón, M.M. Flores-Rivera, A. Santana, A.L. Rheingold, E. Meléndez,* Journal of Molecular Structure, 2019, 1184, 382–388.
 Crystal Structure of 16-Ferrocenylmethyl-3β-Hydroxyestra-1,3,5(10)-Trien-17-One: a Potential Chemotherapeutic Drug.
J.A. Carmona-Negrón, M.M. Flores-Rivera, Z. Díaz-Reyes, C. E. Moore, A.L. Rheingold, E. Meléndez,* Acta Crystallographica Section E Crystallographic Communications, 2016, 72(6), 868–871.