Jose Torres-Hernandez, PhD

Jose Torres-Hernandez 

Jose Torres-Hernandez
Peer Mentor since 2009


Jose Torres-Hernandez, PhD 
Jose's Graduation Photo
PhD in Environmental Toxicology
Conferred May 2013



Jose A. Torres completed a B.S. in biology from Inter American University of Puerto Rico.   He also holds a M.S. from Universidad Del Turabo in environmental science.  He recently earned a doctoral degree in environmental toxicology at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.  He became a member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) and Society of Toxicology (SOT) in 2008.  Dr. Torres’ research interest is in the field of environmental neurotoxicology.  He was awarded a competitive NASA Jenkins fellowship to support his pre-doctoral research and career development.  Dr. Torres’ future goal is to pursue a postdoctoral research or a job that enhance his toxicology analytical skills and career development opportunities.


Mentor's Motivational Message

 (Video Date: August 2010)


Contact Information

Affiliation:  Graduate Student
Institution/Address:  Chemistry/Toxicology
 Texas Southern University
 3100 Cleburne Avenue
 Houston, TX 77004
Phone:  713.313.7095
Fax:  713.313.1853
Email:  j.torres-hernand3967@student.tsu.edu
FASEB Society Member:   APS
Scientific Discipline:  Pharmacology and Toxicology
ABRCMS 2011 Mentor:  YES
Former MARC Scholar:  1997-99, InterAmerican Univ. of Puerto Rico












Breaking the Ice - Jose's "Q&A"

 What is the title of the best book you have even read?  Why?

 The Art of Thought by Graham Wallace (1924).  The information is very interesting.

 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would you change? Why?

 My height.  I just plain hate it!  

 If you could choose to be an animal, what animal would you choose to be? Why?

 Definitely a Wolf.  I love the strong family orientation, protection and organization structure they use.  In addition, love watching documentaries of wolves hunting together.

 What statement would you put on your gravestone.  Why?

  The Maverick.  The why is my secret.  

 If you were given 24 hours to live, what would you do?

 Buy a nice and expensive motorcycle and hit the road! Oh yeah!! 

 What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up?

 Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.

 What was your favorite childhood toy?

 A transformer toy name Starscream. By the way, I recently acquired the new version for my desk!

 What is one of the strangest southern expressions you have heard?

 "That pig won't fly," -and "A pig in a box."

 Coffee or Tea?


 What is your guilty pleasure?

 Taking the time to watch the TV Show, Sons of Anarchy.