Congratulations to the 2022 Recipients of the UCSF Mid-Career Development Program for Research Faculty!

June 9, 2022 | By UCSF School of Medicine

We are pleased to announce the 2022 recipients of the UCSF Mid-Career Development Program for Research Faculty.

Dr. Carina Marquez


Carina Marquez, MD

Carina Marquez is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of HIV, Infectious Diseases, and Global Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) and the Equity Lead of the UCSF Center For AIDS Research (CFAR).

Her research focuses on two areas (1) elucidating TB transmission dynamics in East Africa and developing interventions to improve the TB care continuum and (2) COVID-19 epidemiology in Latinx communities and interventions to reduce disparities.

She is a co-founder of Unidos en Salud, a community-academic partnership between UCSF and the San Francisco Latino Task-COVID 1. She is an ID and HIV specialist and directs the SALUD clinic, a clinic within the Positive Health Practice "Ward 86" at ZSFG, that is dedicated to providing multidisciplinary care to Latinx patients with HIV.

Dr. Nynikka Palmer


Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH

Nynikka Palmer is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Urology and Radiation Oncology, co-leads the Prostate Cancer Task Force of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative, and is Director of the Research Education Component of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.

Her research focuses on developing actionable solutions with cultural influences to enhance delivery of high-quality prostate cancer care for African American men in low resource settings, such as peer navigation and training in relationship-centered communication to achieve health equity.

Dr. Mercedes Paredes


Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD

Mercedes Paredes is an Associate Professor in the Weill Institute of Neuroscience and is part of the Developmental and Stem Cell Biology and Biomedical Sciences graduate programs at UCSF.

Her lab investigates the cellular and molecular regulation of neuronal progenitor proliferation and migration that are enriched in the gyrated brain, as a model for human neurodevelopment.

She is a practicing neurologist with a focus on patients with epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorders. She also serves as an Associate Director for the UCSF Medical Scientist Training Program and holds a passion for mentoring trainees in careers in STEM, and neurology.

Dr. Gabriela Schmajuk


Gabriela Schmajuk, MD, MSc

Gabriela Schmajuk is an Associate Professor and Rheumatology Section chief at the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

She is also core faculty at the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and co-directs the Quality and Informatics Lab in the UCSF Division of Rheumatology.

Her research focuses on improving quality of care and medication safety through the use of health IT.

Please join us in congratulating Drs. Marquez, Palmer, Paredes, and Schmajuk on this well-deserved award, and thanking them for their exemplary commitment to advancing discovery, mentorship, and health equity at the UCSF School of Medicine and beyond!

Please also join us in congratulating the first cohort of the UCSF Mid-Career Development Program for Research Faculty, who have now graduated from the program. Thank you to Drs. Chao, Lyles, and Sevelius for their scientific contributions, mentorship, and dedication to health equity.

Finally, we would like to thank Dr. Christina Mangurian and Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo for their leadership in developing this program, which is funded by Genentech Charitable Giving and the Weston Havens Foundation.