Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, PhD

Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, is a 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 Hospitals for Children, and the Institute for Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorder (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 100 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 an external adviser for the Puerto Rico Schools 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 trastornos del neurodesarrollo – The Hispanic-American Brain Bank for Neurodevelopmental Disorders – 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.