Cyren Rico

Cyren Rico
Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • Environmental/analytical chemistry
  • Spectroscopic, microscopic, and isotopic techniques
  • Ecological effects, food safety, and human food chain exposure of nanomaterials
  • Nanophytotoxicity

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • National Research Council Research Fellow 2015-2017
  • Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, UT El Paso 2015
  • Academic and Research Excellence Award UT El Paso 2014
  • UC CEIN Researcher Spotlight “Interaction of Nanoparticles with Edible Plants and Their Possible Implications in the Food Chain” Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 2011, 3485-3498 (Chosen as best paper from 40+ peer-reviewed journals of the American Chemical Society, featured in ACS PressPac and cited in over a hundred newspapers, magazines and websites/blogs)

Previous Experience

  • 2015–2017—Researcher, US EPA, Corvallis, OR
  • 2010–2014—Research Assistant, University of California Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
  • 2010–2014—Teaching Assistant, Chemistry Department, UT El Paso
  • 2007–2010—Researcher, ISTECH, Inc., Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea
  • 2005–2007—Research Assistant, Kyungpook National University
  • 2002–2004—Instructor, Marinduque State College, Philippines
  • 2001–2002—Lecturer, Chemistry Department, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • 2000–2001, 2004–2005 Extension Associate, University of the Philippines Los Banos


Philippines (Marinduque & Laguna)


  • Reading
  • Travelling to national parks
  • Hiking

Future Goals and Aspirations

  • Mentor students
  • Get NSF funding or similar grants
  • Publish papers
  • Become a full professor

Life Outside the University

  • Family
  • Church
  • Looking for a volunteer group