Kristine "Tina" M. Garza, PhD

Executive Director, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
Kristine "Tina" M. Garza, PhD | Executive Director, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
September 25, 2012 2:06:49 PM PDT
Kristine obtained her B.S. in Biology at St. Mary's University, her Ph.D. in Immunology at the Univ. of Virginia, and conducted her postdoctoral studies at the Ontario Cancer Institute. She returned to her hometown of El Paso in 2000 to join the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in the Department of Biological Sciences. Her research focuses on the impact of obesity and anthropogenic carbon particulates on induction and progression of T cell-mediated immunity.

Through her teaching, research, and service activities, she focuses on the training and mentoring of underrepresented minority students in STEM. For example, she is the PI and Program Director of the UTEP Summer REU Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology; she is the Program Director of the UTEP-HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program; she has served on the Board of Directors of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS); and as of July 2012, is serving as the Executive Director for SACNAS.

Her efforts have been recognized regionally (Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the UTEP College of Science, Jack Bristol Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching), by the state of Texas (Regents Outstanding Teaching Award), and nationally (National Academies Education and Training Mentor in the Life Sciences).

For more information: http://sacnas.org/


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