Affiliate Members

University of Arizona employees or Banner Health professionals not meeting Member criteria. 

VFCE Affiliate

Associate Research Scientist

I work with the Shubitz lab on mouse models of coccidioidomycosis. I have a particular interest in research that will broaden our understanding of Valley fever in community animals. As a veterinarian, I see small animal patients with Valley fever in practice.  

Clinical Research Coordinator

As a Clinical Research Coordinator, I collaborate with researchers in a variety of disciplines, including the clinicians and scientists at the Valley Fever Center of Excellence.  I primarily handle recruitment and retention for the human subjects research projects funded through the center, both investigator-initiated and sponsored trials. Some of my responsibilities include informed consent, sample collection and processing, study drug dispensation/monitoring, and participant follow-up.

Clinical Research Coordinator

In my role as a Clinical Research Coordinator, I work alongside a diverse group of researchers, including clinicians and scientists at the Valley Fever Center of Excellence. My primary responsibilities involve overseeing the recruitment & retention of participants for human subjects research projects which can include both investigator initiated and sponsored trials. To accomplish this, I am responsible for various tasks such as obtaining informed consent, collecting & processing samples, and following up with participants.

Program Manager, Valley Fever Collaborative

I started with the Valley Fever Center for Excellence in May of 2022 as the Program Manager for the newly formed Valley Fever Collaborative. I work 20 hours a week while finishing my Bachelors Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Science, Technology, Health, and Society.  

Associate Director, Valley Fever Initiatives

It has been my pleasure to have served the Valley Fever Center for Excellence since 2007. As Associate Director, I have assisted managing and supporting all Center infrastructure under the leadership of our Distinguished Director, Dr. Galgiani. 

Research Specialist, Senior

I am the lab manager of the BSL3 lab for the VFCE department. I have worked for this department for 33 years which includes participating in research projects in search of the Valley fever vaccine.

Research Specialist, Senior

I collaborate and participate in various research about Valley fever including anti-fungal drug and vaccine development, new diagnostics, and genetic studies.


Administrative Support Assistant

I have been an administrative support assistant for the VFCE since May 2022. I help our Associate Director with managing various administrative tasks. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful team.  

Research Specialist, Senior

I conduct experiments to further the understanding of Valley fever biology, ability to cause disease and prevention.