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Sindy Escobar-Alvarez, Ph.D.

Senior Program Officer for Medical Research

Sindy Escobar-Alvarez joined the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation in 2010.

Escobar-Alvarez is the Senior Program Officer for the Medical Research Program. Through her work, she aims to advance biomedical research and to promote inclusive and effective grant making. Escobar-Alvarez manages processes to select awardees of the foundation’s programs to support sickle cell disease research, and the retention of physician scientists who are at the faculty level and conducting clinical research in a broad range of diseases. She liaises with current grantees to understand and facilitate their research, and conducts short- and long-term evaluations of grant program outcomes. In her role, she also supports efforts to inform program strategy for the Medical Research Program. Escobar-Alvarez is the foundation’s representative for Vivli’s Steering Committee and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Health Research Alliance. At the Health Research Alliance, she has been co-Chair of the Program Committee that organizes members’ meetings as well as of working groups concerned with the research workforce and open science. Escobar-Alvarez has also served as a member of both the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s Advisory panel on Rare Diseases and Vivli’s External Advisory Committee.

Escobar-Alvarez is a graduate of the Pharmacology Department of the Weill Cornell Medicine Graduate School of Medical Sciences, through which she trained at the Sloan Kettering Institute of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Her research there elucidated a link between mitochondrial translation and energy production in cancer. As a trainee, she contributed her scientific knowledge and familiarity with the biotechnology industry to technology evaluation at the Cornell Center for Technology Enterprise and Commercialization.