Biographical Sketch: Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D.

Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D., is Chief of the Predoctoral Basic Biomedical and Medical Scientist Training Programs in the Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity. In this role, she oversees the institute's long-standing programs to support Institutional Predoctoral Training Grants Program (T32) in 12 Ph.D. training areas, Medical Scientist (M.D., Ph.D.) Training Program, and individual predoctoral F30 (M.D., Ph.D.) and F31 (Ph.D.) fellowships. She manages predoctoral institutional research training grants in Biobehavioral Interface (T32)​scientific conference grants (R13), and grants in the Research on Interventions​ portfolio. As part of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium, she manages the Na​tional Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)​.

Prior to joining NIGMS, Rubio was section chief of the Education and Training Section in the Division of Clinical Innovations at National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science. She managed several Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program grants. She oversaw CTSA consortium wide clinical and translational science workforce efforts, that included an assessment of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility footprint. Rubio also previously managed grant portfolios at NIGMS and the National Institute of Mental Health, supporting research education, career development and training. She provided support to the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director Working Group on the Physician-Scientist Workforce Working Group Report.

Rubio completed her postdoctoral training in Nursing and her Ph.D. in medical sociology at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in sociology from California State University, Bakersfield.​

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