Veronica holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of California at Davis and a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University. She is excited to join the Global Food Research Program team at UNC as research project manager. In this role, her primary focus will be coordinating efforts in Latin American countries. Prior to coming to UNC, Veronica was a clinical research scientist for a radiology practice serving hospitals in the Memphis area.
She previously worked for the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was responsible for global databases in nutrition and reproductive health. It is here where her interest in global public health was ignited.
My favorite activities include… hiking, exploring places by bike, trying out new foods and recipes, and gathering around the table with friends and family.
My go to foods when I am hungry are… dark chocolate, nuts and, lately, avocado and eggs.
The food I like the least is… liver.
The most interesting food I have tried as a snack is… whole dried insects (mealworm, crickets and locusts), a more sustainable protein alternative than meat.