Biographical Sketch: Desirée Salazar, Ph.D.

Desirée Salazar, Ph.D., is chief of the Cell Biology Branch in the Division of Genetics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (GMCDB), where she oversees research grants involving stem cell biology and regeneration, developmental genetics, and developmental signaling. Prior to this position, Salazar was the diversity, equity, and inclusion coordinator for extramural programs at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Prior to that position, she was a program director in the NIGMS Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity and the GMCDB Division.

Salazar earned her B.S. in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine. She conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego, in the department of cellular and molecular medicine. She was also a lecturer in cell and molecular biology at San Diego State University.

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