Group Discussion Leader Directory


Jose Azqueta | Histology Lab |

Jose is a Florida International University 2018 graduate. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 2018 and has been involved with the PLTL Program since his junior year at FIU. He hopes to attend graduate school in the near future in order to pursue a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

Alan Benelli | Ecology |

Adonicah Cummings | General Biology I |

Adonicah is an undergraduate at FIU majoring in Biology, minoring in chemistry and psychology. She is enthusiastic about academics and has been involved in many programs on campus to facilitate learning in the STEM field. Adonicah is a three-time PLTL leader for introduction to botany and general biology I and II. Aside from being a GD leader, she is a learning assistant for calculus I, II, and calculus for engineering courses, additionally, a science and mathematics tutor at the Center for Academic Success. This enthusiastic FIU panther is also passionate about hands-on research. Adonicah was previously a research assistant at Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in the Human Molecular Genetics Department and is currently a research assistant for Dr. McCord’s lab, where she is investigating the optimization of trace DNA extraction from different matrices. The future doctor is also the secretary for FIU’s largest student council- Black Student Union.

Michael Delamo | General Biology II |

Michael is a Florida International University 2017 graduate, where he obtained his bachelors in liberal studies in human health and concerns along with a minor in psychology. He has been involved in the PLTL program since January 2012. Michael currently is working as a Registered Behavioral Technician where he works with children in the autistic spectrum. He hopes to attend graduate school in the near future and obtain a masters and move on to a PhD in psychology and also become a BCBA.

Sherly Granado | General Biology II |

Nhan Hoang | (in training) |

Nhan is a FIU’s Undergraduate who is double majoring in Dietetics + Nutrition and Biology as part of the QBIC program. Nhan has been involves with the PLTL program at FIU since 2016 as a Peer Leader and will be starting his role as a Group Discussion Leader in the upcoming fall 2018 semester. Nhan is currently an intern at the University of Miami’s Football Nutrition and Sport Performance Program and Florida International University’s Football Nutrition and Sport Performance Program. Nhan is currently a research assistant with the FIU Research Clinic. Nhan is also involves with Hope for Miami’s Urban K Garden Program.

Eduardo Ibarra | Ecology |

Eduardo Ibarra graduated from Florida International University with his Bachelors Degree in Biology and a minor in Education in 2017. He has been  involved with the PLTL program since he transferred to FIU in 2015. He worked as a leader in the subject of Ecology for two years, and is now a GD leader for the same subject. Prior to working with the PLTL office, Eddy worked for FIU in the Nature Preserve where he was a Naturalist who provided environmental interpretation for visitors. Currently, Eddy also works as an Environmental Educator at Deering Estate, were he leads students from K-12th Grade in hands-on-minds-on environmental programming. Eddy will be beginning his Masters in Business Association in the spring of 2019, and hopes to use his degrees to promote environmental stewardship in the local community.

Sergio Norat | General Biology II |

Sergio is an undergraduate at Florida International University. He is currently working on his bachelors in biology planning to graduate in 2019. He has been involved in PLTL since spring of his  freshman year. He is currently committing research in Mathew Degennaro’s mosquito lab were he conducts genetic research for Mosquito’s olfactory receptors through microinjection. Sergio currently volunteers as a group discussion leader for PLTL where he elicits important information to PLTL leaders for proper discussions in their sessions. He currently plans to earn his bachelors in biology and pursue an even higher education as a future FIU graduate.

Roberto Pereira | General Microbiology |

Roberto is a Florida International University graduate in Biological Sciences. He has been involved with the PLTL Program as a leader since Fall of 2011. He is currently a leader, a group discussion leader, and a research assistant for the PLTL program at FIU. Roberto is also a General Biology adjunct lab instructor and the General Biology course assistant for the Biology Department at FIU.

Shirley Ramos | General Biology I |

Shirley is an undergraduate student enrolled at FIU majoring in Biology. She has been a PLTL leader since 2016 for General Biology 2 and then continued to lead for General Biology 1. Now, she is a GD leader as well as an adjunct lab instructor.

Lizza May Roson | Intro to Microbiology |

Karl Tan | Human Biology |

Karl is a senior with an expected graduation in Spring 2018. He is a Biology major under the Pre-Med track and is currently a GD leader in Human Biology. He has been a leader for Human Biology since 2015 and strives to inspire students to both enjoy the process of learning and science itself. He is interested in Pediatrics because he loves the atmosphere of children and families and he is a scribe at PhysAssist to accumulate experience in the medical field and further prepare himself as a medical student in the future.

Manuel Vazquez | General Biology I |

Manuel is currently an undergraduate student enrolled at Florida International University. He is in the pre-med track and majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Manuel has been a PLTL leader since his Freshman year at FIU and has been a Group discussion leader since the spring semester of 2018. Manuel is currently doing undergraduate research at FIU in the area of optical based molecular imaging and tomography. In the future, Manuel hopes to go to medical school and become a surgeon.  

Philip Villar | General Biology II |

Philip is a Florida International University graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. Philip started as a peer leader in 2014, leading for Bio 1, Bio 2, and Genetics. He is currently the Group Discussion Chairperson for the PLTL program. He also works part-time as an adjunct teaching assistant for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at FIU, and an Emergency Room Scribe for PhysAssist. He is an aspiring doctor that wants to emphasize the importance of educating the patient to facilitate a conversation about their health, rather than a 1-sided discussion. In the long run, he believes this will help patients become more informed, enabling them to make better decisions and be able to pass on the information to others, essentially building a web of connections that will diminish ignorance within the health field. Philip is passionate about teaching, whether it’s chemistry, biology, physiology, or medicine, you are going to have an interesting conversation that you’ll never forget.

Emoe Zamora | General Biology I |

Emoe is a current Florida International University student. She will obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in biology in the spring 2020. Emoe has been involved with the PLTL Program since her sophomore year in college. She is currently a a General discussions Leader for General Biology 1 where she helps train leaders to understand pedagogy ,facilitate peer-to-peer interaction, and provides constructive criticism and advice for Peer leaders in the program.