Hector Cruz Santiago

Hector Cruz Santiago

Home Institution
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon

Year Participated

Year in School

REU Faculty Mentor
Zeynep Madak-Erdogan

Research Area Interest
Programming Languages, Formal Methods, and Software Engineering

Project Title

Biography & Research Abstract


Survival rate for Breast cancer (BC) is around 80% on developed countries, this drops to 60% on middle income countries and to 40% on low income countries. This is because of how expensive it is to diagnose it. BC mortality rate for African American (AA) woman is about 40% higher when compared to Non-Hispanic White (Caucasian) woman. This could be due to socioeconomic status differences or genetic and other non-genetic factors. We suspect that we can find differences in molecules when trying to predict BC on AA compared to Caucasian. To do this we are using machine learning models.


My name is Hector Cruz, I am a computer engineering senior student at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. My main goal is to get enough experience and knowledge to get a job on the computer science area which is the subject that interests me more now. My biggest achievement professionally is getting this internship which I know will open more doors for me in the future and my personal achievement would medaling in my sport which lets me know that with patience and persistency I can achieve anything.