Mary Garcia-Cazarin

Scientific Advisor, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Mary L. Garcia-Cazarin is a committed public servant, passionate about training and mentoring. As a Scientific Advisor in the Tobacco Regulatory Science Program at the NIH, she has extensive experience working across and within Federal agencies to implement initiatives related to disease prevention and public health. She served three years as an elected board member of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science). She volunteers her time and expertise to advocate and mentor in outreach programs working to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in science. She won the prestigious NIH 2020 Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award. She received her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Kentucky and was previously an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Dietary Supplements at the NIH.


What are you most proud of in your work or life?

Advancing the field of tobacco regulatory science

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

Urban walks, spending time with family

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

Life is not a race of speed but of resistance

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