ECaFSS first workshop for the 2018-2019 year was offered on September 16, 2018 by Dr. Patricia Ortiz Bermudez, ECaFSS CoPI and Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UPR Mayagüez, and Ph.D. graduate student Ing. Jean Caraballo Leon. The TECAN Biophotometer Microplate Reader was acquired in part with ECaFSS funds and the equipment can be used in different biological essays (i.e. growth curves, cell viability, metabolic activity, immunoassays) and can read the results in modalities such as absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence. The workshop focused on the theoretical information of the equipment and a demonstration of its use and results analysis. Ten undergraduate and graduate students performing research on different academic departments, and five faculty members and staff participated in the workshop.