Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, is an associate professor at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UC Davis School of Medicine and faculty at the Institute of Pediatric Regenerative Medicine, Shriners Hospital for Children of Northern California, and the MIND Institute. She is a CAMPOS Scholar who was selected for her leadership potential to impact their STEM discipline in profound and enduring ways. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and participated in seven books. She has been and is Primary Investigator (PI) for multiple NIH (R01s) and other grants and is a member of the NIH Neurogenesis and Cell Fate Study Section. She is external adviser for the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine.
Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño is the director of the UC Davis FXS/FXTAS brain repository, and the founder and director for CENE -Banco hispano-americano de cerebros de enfermedades del neurodesarrollo – The Hispanic-American Brain Bank for Neurodevelopmental Diseases- the first brain bank for neurodevelopmental conditions in Latin America, with nodes in California, México, Colombia, and Puerto Rico. She is also the founder and CEO of The Ventricular Foundation, a non-profit organization that teaches about the benefit of outreach activities and science, to students of all ages, the scientific community, and the public in general, with an emphasis on underrepresented students. She is the co-founder and scientific director of LUNAS (Latinos Unidos Navegando el Autismo y Servicios) project, a multimedia community approach to empower multilanguage parents to educate, navigate, and be successful at obtaining all the services available to their children affected by ASD in California.