Dr. Patricia Valdez, Ph.D. is a Health Science Policy Analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves as the Extramural Research Integrity Officer in the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER). In this position, she serves as a liaison between the NIH and the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and handles allegations of research misconduct in NIH-funded extramural activities. For the past two and one half years, she has been involved in the implementation of updates to NIH grant applications and review language aimed at enhancing the reproducibility of biomedical science through rigor and transparency.
Dr. Valdez received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and carried out her postdoctoral training in Immunology Discovery at Genentech. She then joined the NIH as an Intramural Staff Scientist in the NIAID Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Disease (LCID). Prior to joining OER, Dr. Valdez served as the Manager of Publication Ethics for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).