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Staff Biography

Nelson Aguila, D.V.M. Nelson Aguila, D.V.M.

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Nelson Aguila, D.V.M., is Deputy Director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In this capacity, he plays a central role in the strategic planning, priority-setting, development and management of the Center's disparities research, diversity training, and community education/outreach efforts. Previously, Dr. Aguila served as Chief of CRCHD's Diversity Training Branch (DTB). He joined NIH to work as a Health Scientist at the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch, which later became DTB and part of CRCHD. During his tenure at NIH, Dr. Aguila has been instrumental in implementing and expanding several NCI training initiatives designed to increase workforce diversity.

Prior to coming to NIH, Dr. Aguila worked at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a Reviewer Toxicologist at the Center for Veterinary Medicine. Earlier in his career, Dr.Aguila held research scientist positions in cancer gene therapy, at Aventis-Gencell, and neuropathology at the University of Miami.

Dr. Aguila earned his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at Austral University in Chile and trained as a neurobiologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He is the author of more than 40 scientific publications.

Updated: 12/11/14