Claudia is a post-doctoral research associate studying insulin resistance and ectopic fat deposition in Latino and African-American youth.
Claudia received her PhD in 2010 and an MPH in 2006 at the USC the Keck School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine. Her doctoral studies were funded by an NRSA fellowship (F31) when she studied the effects of insulin resistance and other cardiometabolic risk factors on atherosclerosis risk in overweight Latino youth. Her dissertation work has been published in journals such as Atherosclerosis and Journal of Pediatrics. In addition, Claudia has collaborated on many other projects including a dietary and strength-training intervention for overweight minority youth.
In addition to her research, Claudia is also very committed to the teaching discipline. Prior to coming to USC, she was recognized by the California State University Northridge, Biology department for her dedication to teaching with an Outstanding Teaching Associate Award. At USC, she was a popular teaching assistant in the Health Promotion Department and participated as a Teaching Assistant Fellow in the Center for Excellence in Teaching.