Maria Jimena Salcedo-Arellano, MD, MBA

Dr. Salcedo is a physician. She graduated from the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. Upon graduation she joined the University of California Davis MIND Institute and currently works in the Clinical Trials Unit. She is a collaborator of the “Colombia Project of Hope” established in 2013; a humanitarian and research initiative led by Dr. Randi Hagerman, with the aim of detecting mutations associated with fragile X in populations throughout Colombia and to provide training opportunities for physicians, therapists and health care providers about FXS, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.

She is also a research scientist at Dr. Martínez-Cerdeño’s laboratory at the University of California Davis, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where they develop research projects in the area of neuroscience with an emphasis on neurodegenerative diseases such as fragile X-associated tremor and ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) and Parkinson’s disease and neurodevelopmental disorders like fragile X syndrome and autism spectrum disorders. She also serves as director of international events for the Ventricular Foundation.