Alumni Spotlight


Cynthia Perry, Ph.D. - Associate Academic Dean of Admissions for the Foster School of MedicineCynthia Perry, Ph.D.

Dr. Perry is also a passionate educator, in her appointment as Associate Professor of Medical Education, she teaches first and second year medical students in the areas of Molecular Pathology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Dr. Perry is a first generation college graduate that pursued an academic career despite the lack of resources and systematic knowledge in regards to higher education found at home.  Dr. Perry completed her doctoral studies in Molecular Pathology at UC San Diego and entered academia following successful NIH-funded graduate and post-doctoral fellowships.  Having benefitted for support from pipeline programs including Alliance for Graduate Education Programs, LSAMP/California Alliance for Minority Participation and NSF-Bridges to the Doctorate, she is dedicated to the recruitment, mentorship and advancement of underrepresented and first-gen students in the STEM field.

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Anarina Murillo, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School, and Senior Biostatistician in the Center forAnarina Murillo, Ph.D. Statistical Sciences, School of Public Health, at Brown University

Accomplishments: NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship; Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network Career Development Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program Award; WAESO LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship; MGE@MSA AGEP Participant; and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Program. Has ten original publications in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters.

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Omar A. Escontrías, Dr.P.H., M.P.H. is the Senior Director of Policy Research at the American Dental Omar ContrerasEducation Association in Washington, D.C.

Accomplishments: Maximizing Access to Research Careers Trainee; Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; NIH Honors Academy Fellow at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; Project EXPORT Fellow at the University of Arizona; Research Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Awards: Has 9 significant awards from professional or community organizations, e.g. the American Public Health Association Community Health Planning and Policy Development Section-Best Doctoral Abstract Award and the Valle del Sol-Univision Radio, 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40. Publications: Has 8 peer-reviewed publications and 7 published public policy briefs used for advocacy and policy purposes in and by the United States Congress and the Arizona State Legislature. Community Board Memberships: Council member for the Arizona Diabetes Leadership Council and Coalition; Board Director at Mountain Park Health Center.

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