Dennise de Jesus-Diaz

Dennise de Jesus-Diaz

Dennise de Jesus-Diaz

Power Words

Paciencia, Perseverancia, Dedicación
Patience, Perseverance, Dedication

Where were you born? 

Puerto Rico

What school did you attend? 

University of Puerto Rico, Tufts University School of Medicine

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

I was interested in working at the NIH because of the quality and innovation in research and the opportunity to work along scientists from many disciplines. In addition, the career development programs at NIH are excellent resources.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

My research focuses in trying to understand how Norovirus, a gastrointestinal viral pathogen, causes diseases in humans with the ultimate goal of developing novel antiviral therapies. I am interested in infectious diseases, especially in the understanding of how host and pathogenic responses are interconnected during infections.

What message would you like to send to young Hispanics who are considering going to college? 

I believe that going to college is one of the best decisions you can make. Don’t be discouraged by others, or by difficult situations. Remember that goals are attainable with a mixture of patience, hard work, perseverance and dedication.