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Carlos Andres López, New Mexico State University Published 10:29 a.m. MT April 18, 2020
Susie Valenzuela, a two-time graduate of New Mexico State University, is now working as a research consultant/statistician for the University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research. Valenzuela most recently graduated from NMSU in December 2019 with a master’s degree in applied statistics. (Photo: Courtesy photo / New Mexico State University)
LAS CRUCES - Susie Valenzuela’s knack for crunching numbers has taken her from New Mexico State University all the way to the University of Washington, where she recently launched her career as a statistician working to advance the prevention, detection and treatment of HIV infection and AIDS.
Valenzuela earned two degrees from NMSU, including a master’s degree in applied statistics in December 2019, before relocating to Seattle in March to join the University of Washington/Fred Hutch Center for AIDS Research, one of 19 research centers in the United States funded by the National Institutes of Health to support multidisciplinary research aimed at reducing the burden of HIV nationally and globally.
“My first day on the job was March 16th, and it’s just been an amazing experience so far, despite everything going on right now,” said Valenzuela, a first-generation college student who grew up in the rural southern New Mexico community of Chaparral and briefly lived on the island of Maui in Hawaii after high school.