Biographical Sketch: Desirée Salazar, Ph.D.

Desirée Salazar, Ph.D., directs the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) program. She is also a program director in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, where she manages the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) program, and predoctoral research training grants in Cellular, Biochemical, and Molecular Sciences (T32). She also manages research grants in the area of stem cell biology and regeneration in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.

Salazar was most recently a scientific program manager at the American Society for Cell Biology. Formerly, she was a program education coordinator for the IRACDA program at the University of California, San Diego. She earned a B.S. in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine. Salazar conducted postdoctoral research and was an IRACDA fellow at the University of California, San Diego.

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