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  • Alfredo M. Valencia

    Alfredo M. Valencia

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Overview: Biochemist and neurobiologist interested in uncovering the molecular basis of human disorders and disease. Currently performing postdoctoral research at Stanford University investigating the impact of chromatin regulatory processes in neurodevelopment.

    Research Interests: Freddy Valencia graduated with a PhD in Chemical Biology at Harvard and is currently a Science Fellow at Stanford University. His long-term research interests aim to uncover the underlying epigenetic mechanisms implicated in the development of human disorders and diseases. In Dr. Cigall Kadoch's laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, his work examined the biochemical, structural, and functional consequences that perturbations to the mammalian SWI/SNF (mSWI/SNF or BAF) chromatin-remodeling complex have in the cell. More precisly, his research has examined the molecular mechanisms through which SMARCB1 mutations are implicated in cancer and neurodevelopmental disorders and contributed to the characterization of the modular organization of the mSWI/SNF protein complexes.

    Higher Education Advocacy: Born and raised in Santa Ana, California to parents who immigrated from Mexico, Freddy is passionate about teaching and mentoring students from underrepresented groups in the sciences. Through his involvement in programs like Breakthrough Collaborative while in high school, Tutors for a Cause while at Pitzer College, and Dana-Farber?s Science Enrichment Program at Harvard University, he aims to serve as a mentor, role model, and agent of change for underrepresented minority students in their pursuit of higher education. During his graduate studies, Freddy was elected as Co-President of the Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard (MBSH) student organization and was one of two inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Fellows for Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Through these roles, he worked to foster collaboration and a sense of community between students of color throughout the Harvard Community.

  • Keara E. Valentine

    Keara E. Valentine

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Keara E. Valentine, Psy.D., is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University School of Medicine in the OCD and Related Disorders Track, where she specializes in the assessment and treatment of OCD and related disorders. Dr. Valentine utilizes behavioral-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety-related disorders.

    Dr. Valentine completed an APA accredited pre-doctoral internship at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, where she complete a rotation in OCD and anxiety disorders and a rotation in Eating Disorders. Dr. Valentine has experience working with individuals with OCD, anxiety, and/or eating disorders at various levels of care including outpatient, partial hospitalization, residential, and inpatient.

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