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Daisy De León, PhD, Loma Linda University - Director of the Research Core for the EXPORT program at the Center for Health Disparities

Daisy is the Director of the Research Core for the EXPORT program at the Center for Health Disparities at Loma Linda University. As assistant to the Dean for Diversity she also coordinates research and educational programs for underrepresented minority students from junior high school, high school, and undergraduate students from local schools interested in a career in medicine and biomedical research.

Dr. De León completed a bachelor's and a master's degree in science at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1987 she received a PhD in endocrinology from the University of California at Davis (UCD). Her doctoral studies were funded by an award from NIH and a UCD Distinguished student fellowship. During the three years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Dr. De León's interest focused on IGFs in breast cancer. Her postdoctoral work was funded by awards from the Ford Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the Bernard Cohen postdoctoral fellowship. From 1990 to 1993, Dr. De León pursued further postdoctoral studies in breast cancer as a senior staff fellow in the National Cancer Institute at the NIH, Bethesda, MD.

In August 1993, Dr De León accepted a position as assistant professor in the Department of Physiology at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. She successfully established the Breast Cancer Laboratory and in 1994 received the Pfizer Award for her research presentation at the American Society of Cell Biology. Her current research work in breast cancer has been funded by an R01 from NIH and grants from the California Breast Cancer Research program, the Susan G. Komen breast cancer program, and private foundations such as The Orser Foundation and VONS Cancer Program.

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