I did my PhD in Biostatistics in a building that was adjacent to the Epidemiology department. One day, during lunch in the cafeteria, I noticed the chair of epidemiology sitting nearby wearing an Argentine T-shirt. So, we started talking about soccer, and before long we were talking about epidemiology and the possibility of me doing a joint program. The rest is history.
- What do you see as the biggest obstacle facing epidemiologists in the next five years?
Funding. The lack of funding for research in important topics is evident throughout epidemiology. Researchers are having more difficulty gaining financial support to fund important research questions. I hope that this changes soon.
- Do you have any pets?
Yes! We recently added a new 4 legged family member named Mimi, a brown miniature poodle puppy.
- Why did you join SER? What keeps you coming back?
SER is my professional home, or my home away from home. I can engage with colleagues and friends in healthy debates, exchange of ideas, and good laughs. I get inspired by the presentations and intellectual depth of the membership, and I always come back re-energized with hundreds of ideas of what I should be writing next. It is also the place where fellows or young investigators flourish and you see that happening with your own eyes. And most importantly, SER’s scope is broad enough that you can learn not only exciting new findings within your own field, but also in other fields of epidemiology.
- What advice do you give students who want to become epidemiologists?
Research is something you choose to do in life. It is not something you have to do in life. It is not a job, it’s a calling.
- Outside of epidemiology what do you enjoy doing?
Anyone who knows me knows that I am all about running. I recently completed a marathon in Montreal, and try my best to make time to run at least a handful of marathons a year.
- What is something that not many people know about you?
I make delicious ribs and read young adult fiction.