Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
Central University of Venezuela (B.S., Biology, Minor in Microbiology); Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research-IVIC and Columbia University ( M.S. Microbiology, Virology); Duke University (M.H.S., Clinical Research); University of Delaware (Ph.D., Virology, Immunology); NIA and NCI Postdoctoral training (Viral Immunology and Viral Oncology).
What gained your interest in the NIH?
My main motivation to join NIH was and still is to make a positive impact in biomedicine and global public health, so that I can contribute with exceptional NIH colleagues to find cures for diseases and improve the quality of life of people. I follow this passion by focusing on infectious diseases caused by viruses such as HIV -the human immunodeficiency virus- and finding novel prevention/vaccine and therapeutic approaches.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I am the Director of the AIDS and Immunosuppression Program at the NIDCR, NIH. In this capacity, I fulfill multiple roles, serving as a Program Officer, Project Officer, Contract Officer Representative (COR), Project Scientist, Senior Basic and Clinical Scientist, and Manager for grants, cooperative agreements and R&D contracts. I lead a national program that supports basic, translational and clinical research in the fields of Virology, Viral Immunology, Viral Oncology, Mycology and Bacteriology linked to HIV/AIDS and its infectious comorbidities.