Faculty and Staff

Jacqueline Flores-Otero, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor of Anatomy and Director of Physical Therapy Gross Anatomy Laboratory at the University of Central Florida. She graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience, followed by two Postdoctoral Fellowships in Neuro-Oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, and at the Institute of Neurobiology-University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR.  Flores-Otero has over 15 years of basic and clinical research in areas including: auditory and visual system, Alzheimer’s disease, pediatric retinoblastoma, prostate cancer, endocannabinoid system as therapeutic targets for cancer and cell signaling.  Flores’ research work has been disseminated in peer-reviewed journals, national and international conferences. Her teaching portfolio includes: Cell and Molecular Biology, Neurobiology/Neuroscience, Anatomy and Physiology, Human Gross Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, among other areas. Flores has mentored students at different academic levels, from high school to graduate and medical areas. Her pursuit of teaching, clinical research and mentoring is driven by the impact that she aims for students to have in the community they are part of.

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, Rutgers University and UMDNJ, Piscataway, NJ
  • Postdoctoral Training, Neurobiology Research, Institute of Neurobiology-University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR
  • Postdoctoral Training, Neuro-Oncology Research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
  • BS, Bachelor of Science, Microbiology, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Bayamón, PR
Areas of Specialty
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Auditory and Visual Sensory systems
  • Neuro-Oncology Research (Ocular Cancer and Perineural Invasion in Prostate Cancer)
  • Endocannabinoids as Therapeutic Agents for Cancer
  • Cadaver Lab Opens Doors to Learners Outside of UCF to Provide a Rich Learning Experience
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | November 30, 2021
    The Human Gross Anatomy (HGA) Laboratory, located on the second floor of HS I, has long been an integral part of clinical training for students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Through outreach efforts, lab leaders are helping other learners...
  • New Anatomy Course Gives UCF Undergrads Hands-on Learning Experience
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | November 3, 2021
    A new Human Gross Anatomy/Neuroscience course in the College of Health Professions and Sciences will give undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn about the human body and all of...
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