Dr. Lymarie Maldonado-Báez serves as the Deputy Director of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program in the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Division of Cancer Prevention. Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Maldonado-Báez served as a regulatory scientist in the Office of Biotechnology Products of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with expertise in the regulation of biological treatments for cancer and immunological disorders.
Dr. Maldonado-Báez holds a Ph.D. in cell biology from Johns Hopkins University and received an M.S. in biochemistry and B.S. in industrial microbiology, both from the University of Puerto Rico. While a graduate student, she was awarded a MIRT Fellowship from the Fogarty International Center to conduct biomedical research in Grand Canary Island, Spain. Dr. Maldonado-Báez completed postdoctoral training and conducted independent research at the NIH, where she made significant contributions to the fields of membrane trafficking, cell-cell communication, cell migration, metastasis, and cell metabolism. During her tenure at NIH, she mentored a diverse cohort of postdoctoral fellows, graduate, undergraduate, and high school students focused on biomedical research careers. She is a fellow of the Ford Foundation of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Dr. Maldonado-Báez is actively engaged in developing outreach and training initiatives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research and training programs inside and outside the NCI.