Nathan Alamillo is a second-year PhD student in the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health (Health Behavior track) at San Diego State University and UC San Diego. Nathan graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology (Distinction in the Major). As a first-generation college student, he distinguished himself as a promising researcher through his involvement in the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. His first research project, under the direction of sociologist Dr. Victor Rios, examined the ways in which young Latino men in the local community perceived drug use as well as how their social identity and lifestyle was stigmatized, criminalized, and punished. This paper was published in the UCSB McNair Scholars Research Journal.
During the summer of 2013, Nathan was selected as an intern for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He worked with epidemiologist Dr. Nanlesta Pilgrim on a systematic literature review that assessed the relationship between the family environment and HIV risk factors among young people residing in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the summer of 2014, Nathan continued his work with Dr. Pilgrim as a UCSB McNair Scholar, investigating trends in family demography experienced by young people residing in rural Rakai, Uganda.
As an Inamori fellow, he has been working under the direction of Drs. Susan Kiene, Steffanie Strathdee, and Thomas Patterson on a global health project that examines the effects of community-level violence on sexual and injection risk behaviors among female sex workers residing along the United States-Mexico border. Nathan is also the recipient of a NIDA-funded research-training grant.