Articles by: Ileana Varela

Red cross workers prepare to bury a victim of Ebola

Burial rites, religious rights and contagious diseases

Ebola is stronger than death. Even after killing its victim, the virus is alive and dangerous. People who die of […]

Tempest in her lab at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Assistant professor wins an Innovation in Academia Award

Helen Tempest, assistant professor in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, is about to receive an award that honors […]

Colwell and Alvarez will spend a year in the NIH Master Research Scholars Program

Two medical students chosen for NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

Nicole Colwell and Jason Alvarez –classmates at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine– not only share a passion for medicine and […]

Yves-Dany Accilien (dark blue scrubs) and other students at the makeshift clinic in Cap-Haitien.

Mission Accomplished: Medical students return from mission to Haiti

They’re back and already planning their return. Students from the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM), who spent their spring […]

Chen mimics the Vetruvian Man outside the HWCOM's Albert and Debbie Tano Simulation Center.

College of Medicine to graduate youngest student to date

She never finished high school. She doesn’t have a GED. Yet, next month, Jennifer Chen will be graduating from FIU […]

Matchmaking at Match Day ceremony

Matchmaking at Match Day ceremony

Match Day is when graduating medical students nationwide find out the residency programs they have “matched” into to continue their […]

The white coat is still too small for Patrick Quade's 6'8" frame.

Medical student is one of South Florida’s ‘Dream Men’

It was a request Patrick Quade, a second-year medical student, says he couldn’t refuse. One of the coordinators at the […]

HWCOM medical students who will be going on the Haiti medical mission trip

Haitian med students plan spring break medical mission trip to Haiti

Spring break is generally associated with vacationing  in a tropical, picturesque playground, but a group of FIU medical students will […]

Dr. Edilberto Alvarez on Graduation Day 2014

Four FIU grads finalists for HYPE Miami Awards

The HYPE Miami Awards presented annually by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce recognize up-and-coming young professionals who have demonstrated […]

Dr. Marty, in protective gear, transporting suspected case to Ebola ward in Nigeria.

Ebola fighting doc named one of 10 outstanding women leaders

March is Women’s History Month and it kicks off with an event honoring some of the most influential women in […]

The wait is over (for some): College of Medicine scores record six early residency matches

The wait is over (for some): College of Medicine scores record six early residency matches

On what’s known as Match Day, medical students from across the country find out where they’ll spend their residencies. This year, […]

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FIU hosts anthropological conference on “Health Disparities in Aging”

FIU hosts anthropological conference on “Health Disparities in Aging”

Health differences and inequities in the elderly worldwide depend on many factors. These include a person’s race, ethnic group, gender, […]

Love Bugs: A kiss is NOT just a kiss

Love Bugs: A kiss is NOT just a kiss

You must remember this; a kiss is NOT just a kiss, because the fundamentals of microbiology apply. “The human mouth […]

CDC image of skin ulcer due to leishmaniasis.

College of Medicine associate professor’s 25-year love affair with a parasite

It’s not your ordinary Valentine’s Day story. The words passion and parasites don’t usually go together, but Rita Mukhopadhyay, associate professor […]

International bioethics think tank appoints associate professor to board of directors

International bioethics think tank appoints associate professor to board of directors

Go ahead, ask any little girl you know what she wants to do when she grows up. Bet you anything, […]