Spotlight | STEM and Basic Sciences


Dr Claudio L Morales-PerezDr. Claudio L. Morales-Perez has been awarded, the American Cancer Society Postdoctoral FellowshipTenable for three years, the Fellowship will allow him to continue his research on understanding the molecular mechanisms of post-translational modification enzymes that are linked to multiple types of cancer at Harvard Medical School.

Selected as a  Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow (DPF) in 2018, Dr. Morales-Perez joined the Department of Cell Biology under the guidance of Assistant Professor Maofu Liao. Reflecting upon his time at HMS, he noted that DPF was critical in helping him navigate the challenging transition from graduate student to postdoc, during which time he changed his research topic from Neurobiology to Cancer Biology. The DPF, he said, provided him with the guidance and support from the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership navigate this new research landscape through providing a community of scholars, helping him increase his professional network, and supporting his development as a scientist. (May, 2020)


The Office of Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership is pleased to announce that Victor Puac-Polanco, MD, ScD and Sara Romero, PhD have recently been named Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellows.

Dr Victor Puac-PolancoDr. Puac-Polanco joins the Department of Health Care Policy under the mentorship of Dr. Ronald C. Kessler, McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy. Building on his previous work on psychiatric epidemiology in his native Guatemala, Dr. Puac-Polanco plans to comprehend the translational implications of the detection and treatment of behavioral health problems in low- and middle-income countries. more...


Dr Sara RomeroDr. Sara Romero has joined the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Vikram Patel, Pershing Square Professor of Global Health.  Her research will integrate interdisciplinary and multi-method approaches to understand how the interplay of Latinx cultural values and psychosocial factors influence stress and trauma reactions within migrant communities in Latin America. more...


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