Thursday, June 29, 2017

Elba Serrano, Director, RISE, New Mexico State University

Elba Serrano’s specialties and interests blend laboratory science – neuroscience, sensory systems and biophysics – with the ethics and societal implications of science, and gender and ethnic equity in the STEM disciplines.  Together with her students, she established the first modern neuroscience laboratory, now large and diverse, at New Mexico State University.  Under Serrano’s direction, the NMSU-RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) to Excellence Program – an NIH initiative that supports student scientific development activities in minority-serving institutions to build and diversify the nation’s health sciences – unites talented and highly motivated undergraduate and predoctoral students with distinguished faculty scientists in shared research endeavors.  Born is Puerto Rico, Serrano has lived in over ten countries and maintains a lifelong interest in international science.  She holds a doctorate in biological sciences from Stanford University.

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