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    Dr. Maria Lucrecia Alvarez has a M.S. in Biochemistry and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the National University of Rosario, Argentina. She is a scientist with a wide area of expertise in biology including transgenic plants and plant-made vaccines as well as genetics and molecular biology of diabetes and cancer. Dr. Alvarez is an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Biology, Chandler Gilbert Community College. She holds four additional appointments as Adjunct Associate Professor at Applied Chemistry Department, National Technological University, Rosario, Argentina, and editor for the journals RNA & Disease, Clinical & Cellular Immunology, and PLoS ONE. In 2001, she obtained in Argentina the National Science and Technology Award for Outstanding Research after developing transgenic wheat with improved nutritional and bread-making quality. In 2002, she joined a world leader group in plant-made vaccines at ASU. She obtained an effective vaccine in tomato for prevention of bubonic and pneumonic plague. In 2008, Dr. Alvarez started diabetes research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) where she functionally characterized the first known long non-coding RNA associated with diabetic nephropathy as well as different microRNAs that contribute to diabetic nephropathy and hypercholesterolemia. In 2013, Dr. Alvarez joined Mayo Clinic of Arizona to work on genetics and molecular biology of breast cancer.

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