Zuber D. Mulla, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Director of Research, ATACS Center
Dr. Mulla completed his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa.
Dr. Mulla completed his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in Tampa. Prior to joining the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2006, Dr. Mulla was a faculty member at the El Paso Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston (UT-Houston). He has worked over 20 years as an epidemiologist and authored over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Mulla’s honors include the Outstanding Teacher Award from UT-Houston, and the Professional Achievement Award from the University of Arizona Alumni Association in Tucson. Dr. Mulla is certified by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Flor Puentes, M.P.H.
Ms. Puentes graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences in 2002. She then received a Master of Public Health degree at the University Of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus in 2007.
Ms. Puentes worked at UT Houston School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus, for 10 years as a Research Assistant/Coordinator, in the Pasitos Para La Salud Binational Cohort Study. In 2006, Ms. Puentes worked as the Project Coordinator at UTEP for the HEART Project. After graduate school, she transferred to Texas Department of State Health Services as the Early Warning Infectious Disease Program Specialist (EWIDS) under the Office of Border Health before joining Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso in September 2010.
Christina Bracamontes, M.S.
Christina Bracamontes is the Assistant Director of Research for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Texas Tech University Health Science Center El Paso. She obtained a BS (2004) and MS (2006) in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Christina has previously worked with UTEP Department of Biosciences conducting Immunology research as a research assistant and New Mexico State University (NMSU) conducting genetic testing as a DNA analyst. She joined TTUHSC in 2009 as a lead technician at the Center of Emphasis in Cancer conducting Breast Cancer research for the Avon “Army of Women” grant and then became a research associate at the OBGYN department conducting preventative cervical cancer research for an NIH funded P01 grant. She has been the Assistant Director of Research for OBGYN since 2015. Christina enjoys being active in the community and was a volunteer for Big Brother, Big Sisters El Paso, El Paso Children’s Hospital NICU and Emergency Department, and the El Paso Police Department Citizen’s academy. She stays fit and socializes by playing in an adult kickball league, has trained in krav maga, and crossfit. She enjoys traveling and visiting World Heritage sites and has been to over 20 countries in 5 continents. Christina is an active traveler who enjoys adventure and has camped on the Andes Mountains, hiked the Inka trail to Machu Piccu, been inside the Great Pyramids of Giza and ridden in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings in Egypt, taken a tiger cub for a walk in Thailand, zip lined the Sierra Madres in Mexico, swam with iguanas in the Galapagos Islands, explored the Củ Chi tunnels of Vietnam, posed with structures at Angor Wat temple in Cambodia, ridden the canals of Venice Italy, and enjoyed a drink at Oktoberfest in Germany.
Sheralyn Sanchez, M.P.H.
Sheralyn Sanchez obtained her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in microbiology (2005). She earned an MPH in maternal and child health from the University of Arizona (2009).
Throughout her career she has held research positions at NIH/NIDDK and in the private sector. She has worked with Native American communities in the Southwest, to address health promotion especially on chronic diseases, obesity and nutritional issues.
Nancy Rondeau, M.P.H., LVN, CHES
Nancy U. Rondeau obtained her BS in Chemistry (2009) and MPH (2014) from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Ms. Rondeau also has served the El Paso community for over ten years as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
Her research interests include health disparities, border health, chronic diseases (such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease) in the adult and elderly population. During her educational and professional carrier, she has had the opportunity to work with many community organizations that aim to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in the El Paso and Juarez region.
Christina Melendez, M.A.
Javier Palomino, M.S.
Programmer Analyst IV
Javier Palomino obtained an undergraduate degree from Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua (2001, Mexico) in Computer Engineering and a Master’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso in Bioinformatics (2005).
Javier has worked for the TTUHSC for 10 years as a Programmer Analyst, developing software and database solutions for multiple areas including clinical, research and administrative. He also assists users in best practices when utilizing technology resources, enjoys problem solving and considers himself and avid self-learner.
Zianya De La Mora Mendoza
Student Research Assistant