Spotlight - Esmeralda Iniguez, PhD

Esmeralda Iniguez, PhD

I'm a first generation Mexican-American, born in Brawley, CA. After high school I attended UCSD and received a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neuroscience with a minor in Health Care Social Issues. My undergraduate studies inspired me to continue onto graduate school and obtain a degree in public health. As a result I attended San Diego State University and obtain a Masters in Public Health with an emphasis in health promotion. My love for research then propelled me to then enroll in a PhD program with a concentration in epidemiology offered by UCSD and SDSU. I’m currently an Epidemiologist with the Early Warning Infectious Disease Surveillance Program. EWIDS is a program that provides an overall State plan to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, including potential bioterrorism threats; builds bi-national capacity; and facilitates cooperation on early warning infectious disease surveillance in the US/Mexico border region. Dr. Steffanie Strathdee served as my advisor both during my doctoral studies as well as during my postdoctoral studies. The work that I conducted with Dr. Strathdee at the Division of Global Public Health gave me the preparation that I needed to become a well trained infectious diseases epidemiologist, and set the foundation which has helped me embark on my career. The training I received from Dr. Strathdee was unparalleled, with strong focus in research methodology, scientific writing, statistical training and career development. My future goals are to become an established infectious disease epidemiologist with an emphasis on US/Mexico border health issues.