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Yanice Mendez-Fernandez

Associate Professor, Biology


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  • BA, University of Puerto Rico, 1998
  • PhD, Mayo Graduate School, 2004

Location: Greathouse Science Building 207

Biography



Dr. Yanice Mendez-Fernandez was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico. In addition to her wide range of education studies, she has also served as a grant reviewer for a Heart Research Organization in the United Kingdom and peer reviewer for Immunology Letters, Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology, Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology and PLoS ONE
journals. Along with Amy Major, she served as guest editor for Clinical and Developmental Immunology, and she is currently an abstract reviewer for undergraduate research submitted for presentation at the American Society for Microbiology Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. She has served as preceptor and instructor for various courses in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program and the Medical School at Vanderbilt University, and as translator of medical documents for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Monroe Carell, Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. In addition, Mendez-Fernandez also serves as the faculty mentor of the Trevecca chapter of Futuro, a Hispanic networking organization and the Trevecca Chapter of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society.

In 2012, Mendez-Fernandez had the opportunity to teach a class at Trevecca and fell in love with teaching. She saw an opportunity to impact students' lives the way that so many mentors and teachers had impacted hers. She felt a strong calling to teach, and God provided the opportunity to teach full time at Trevecca. She teaches because she wants to make a difference in the world by training a new generation of strong Christians and scientists that are not afraid to approach life's big questions without compromising faith or reason.

Mendez-Fernandez is married to Dr. Brian Welch, an assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. They have two daughters, Isabella and Sofia.

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests


  • Inflammation and atherosclerosis

  • Host-pathogen interactions

  • Inflammation, adipose tissue and cardiovascular disease


  • Memberships


  • American Society for Microbiology

  • National Association of Advisors for Health Professions


  • Publications


    Dr. Mendez-Fernandez has published more than 20 scholarly articles in her field.