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Dr. Diana Cruz-Topete was one of seven young scientists to receive a 2014 Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology (FLARE) Internship from the Endocrine Society. Cruz-Topete is a research fellow in the NIEHS molecular endocrinology group and studies how glucocorticoids regulate cardiac function under normal and stressful conditions. She accepted the award at a recent joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society in Chicago.
The internship gives her the opportunity to encourage young people from underrepresented groups to continue their paths in science and gives her a chance to talk about her research and why endocrinology is so exciting.
Cruz-Topete’s mentor, Dr. John Cidlowski, head of the NIEHS Laboratory of Signal Transduction, encouraged her to apply for the FLARE internship. He believes she’ll make a great mentor one day. “Diana thoroughly loves doing research and that drive will inspire her students,” Cidlowski said.
The FLARE program, which launched in August 2012, provides training and professional development opportunities for senior graduate students, postdocs and clinical research fellows from underrepresented groups doing hormone health research. The FLARE awards are supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Cruz-Topete is a native of Vera Cruz, Mexico, and has been with NIEHS since 2012. —Robin Arnette