Elba E. Serrano is Regents Professor of Biology at New Mexico State University and the lead NMSU investigator for the NSF Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) National STEM Resource Hub. A first generation-to-college student, Dr. Serrano earned her PhD in biology (neuroscience/biophysics) from Stanford University and her bachelor’s degree in physics with a chemistry minor from the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on development of the sensory systems for hearing and balance and on the role of neuroglia in maintenance of brain function. She has decades of experience as a research mentor and a leader for student training programs that broaden participation in science. Serrano is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recipient of a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring conferred by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
US Scholar Program – All Disciplines Award
Position, Home Institution: Professor, New Mexico State University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology
Field of Study: Biology – Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Project Title: “Seaweed and the Brain: Using Lipidomics to Determine how Algal Lipids affect the Nervous System”
Host Institution, Location: University of Aveiro, Department of Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry Center, Lipidomics Laboratory, Aveiro
Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 4 months, starting in March 2022