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Professional Interests

Food and nutrition policies

Creating healthy environments to address obesity and NCDs

Designing health and nutrition interventions to promote population health

Global and local food systems

Public health advocacy


Study Program: PhD in Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise, December 2020

I earned my MSc degree in Nutrition Sciences from the School of Public Health in Mexico and completed an internship at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity in New Haven, Connecticut. I graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City in May of 2012 with a B.A. in Nutrition and food science. I will be joining the WGD program from August 2018 until May 2019.

As a Graduate Research Assistant with the Women and Gender in International Development Program, I primarily work directly for Dr. Maria Elisa Christie, the Director of Women and Gender in International Development (WGD) at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development (CIRED). As part of my responsibilities, I support organization of CIRED’s WGD Discussion Series, assist with integration of gender into research for development proposals and projects. This work involve research and writing support for funding proposals and research papers, analyzing data, collecting literature, preparing materials and providing support for workshops.

My plans at Virginia Tech and beyond, I am hoping to get a position in an International Nongovernmental Organization focused on food, nutrition and public health policies to apply the gained knowledge and skills from the PhD and educational track as a professional researcher.