Where were you born?
El Paso, Texas
What school did you attend?
University of California at Los Angeles UCLA
What gained your interest in the NIH?
When I came to NIH in 2002, there were almost no researchers conducting investigations of Hispanic alcohol use or treatment. I was working in an academic research setting at that time and publishing in this area. I thought that I could enhance the research by coming to NIH and working at the NIAAA - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I coordinate all the Minority Health and Health Disparities activities for the NIAAA. I identify young investigators interested in alcohol research and help them develop as researchers. I oversee some programs to fund training. I provide enhance technical assistance and advocate for minority focused research to be funded, often seeking out co funding to insure critical research is adequately supported.