Dr. Pamela Padilla, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Padilla's expertise includes genetics and cell biology; her research involves the identification of environments and genotypes that impact responses to oxygen deprivation. She is particularly interested in understanding how a sugar diet impacts the metabolic and genetic response to stress. These types of analysis are of interest for understanding diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Her research has been recognized by the community as seen by invitations to present at prestigious institutes and the awarding of various honors. She has published in high profile scientific journals, has mentored many graduate, undergraduate and TAMS/high school students and has demonstrated dedication to the scientific community by serving as an editor, organizing committee member for conferences, grant panelist for both National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and reviewer of numerous manuscripts. She is a lifetime member to the SACNAS organization, which is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists--from college students to professionals--to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.