Program Director, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
About the UM Experience
I am a Program Director at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, and a member of the Atherothrombosis and Coronary Artery Disease Branch. I manage programs on atherosclerosis, cardiovascular consequences of diabetes, endocrinology, bio-behavioral stress, and fetal programming. In addition, I am getting a Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. When I was getting my Ph.D. at the University of Miami, my mentor, Dr. Rudolf Werner, was always very encouraging and supportive . He fostered independence and perseverance, which are traits that have helped me very much during my career. I continue to be in touch with him and appreciate his advice at all times. I also obtained my first job at the NIH thanks to a faculty member at the department of Biochemistry, Dr. David Puett. After I graduated, he helped me to land job interviews, that led to my career at the NIH.
Fond UM Memory
I was the first female student in my department to have a child while in graduate school. In our program we were required to give four seminars during the course of our graduate studies. I was pregnant in three out of four. I gave my dissertation seminar 6 weeks before delivering my second son.