Staff Profile: Mercedes Rubio

Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D.
Mercedes Rubio, Ph.D.

Program Director

Division of Clinical Innovation

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

National Institutes of Health

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Mercedes Rubio, a program director in the Division of Clinical Innovation, manages a portfolio of Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program grants. Prior to joining NCATS, Rubio was a program director at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), where she managed the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Research Training Program; the National Research Mentoring Network of the NIH Common Fund’s Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Initiative; the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards; and the Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Individuals in Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences portfolios. She also served as a program officer in the NIGMS Postdoctoral Research Associate Program.

Prior to her tenure at NIGMS, Rubio was chief of the Psychopathology Risk and Protective Factors Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and was assistant director of that Institute’s Individual Research Fellowship Program. Rubio worked on the Physician–Scientist Workforce Report and managed the NIH Loan Repayment Program at NIMH and NIGMS.

Rubio holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University, Bakersfield, and a doctorate in medical sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she also completed postdoctoral training in nursing in the area of HIV intervention and health disparities.

Research Topics

Rubio’s scientific expertise includes obesity, health disparities, psychiatric epidemiology and science education. She enjoys mentoring and coaching individuals as they make their way through their various training and professional career stages.