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NMSU chemical engineering professor receives international honor

New Mexico State University chemical engineering Assistant Professor Jessica Perea-Houston has been chosen as an International Society for Advancement of Cytometry Scholar.

This is a photo of Jessica Perea-Houston.
Jessica Perea-Houston, NMSU chemical engineering assistant professor, was recognized by the International Society for Advancement of Cytometry for her research. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Cytometry is a laser-based technology that looks closely at the organization and structure of cells. This technology is often used in diagnosis of health disorders, such as cancer. Cytometry is also used in research, clinical practice and clinical trials.

As an ISAC Scholar, Perea-Houston will receive a number of benefits including memberships to ISAC, free access to key cytometry journals and free registration to the organization’s international conference.

“I’m thrilled to receive this award,” Perea-Houston said. “To be named as an ISAC Scholar is quite an honor as it is recognition by the cytometry community to emerging leaders in this field.”

Houston was recognized for her research in this field by with a National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2012.

Houston is a graduate of Santa Fe High School. In May of 2000, Houston received her bachelor’s in chemical engineering from NMSU. She went on to receive her doctoral degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Her research focused on a technique that uses dyes and laser imaging to identify cancer cells.

Perea-Houston’s research later expanded to map cancer spread through the lymph nodes. She worked at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Later she became a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining NMSU. She continues her research developing a new flow cytometry method to distinguish among the sources of fluorescence in cells and has established the Houston Laboratory of Flow Cytometery and Related Biophotonics.