Post-doctoral scholar receives $177,581 grant from NIH
USF Nursing Post-doctoral scholar Velda Gonzalez-Marrero was awarded a $177,581 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to be distributed over three years.
The grant is an Individual Post-Doctoral Fellows in Nursing Research (F-32) from the National Institute of Nursing Research and was awarded to Gonzalez-Marrero to further her research in Fatigue and the Gut Microbiome of Patients Receiving Chemoradiotherapy for Rectal Cancer.
“It has been a joy to work with Dr. Gonzalez-Marrero; she has excellent ideas for research to improve oncology care, and has worked hard to obtain this highly competitive and prestigious NIH funding,” said Cindy Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, PHD, FAAN, FAANP, FAAAS, associate dean of research and innovation. “This is the first F32 (NIH-funded individual fellowship) awarded to the College of Nursing- in addition to serving as an excellent foundation for Dr. Gonzalez-Marrero’s research career, the award also boosts the College’s NIH funding, which contributes to our national research ranking.”
This training grant will provide Gonzalez-Marrero with three years of research time. Allowing her to gain some additional hands-on training experience and skills in microbiome approaches and metagenomics sequencing.
“This is perfect,” said Gonzalez-Marrero. “I will get training and preliminary data from this experience that will then allow me to pursue future grants after completing my post-doc.”
After completing her PhD in Nursing from the University of Kansas, Gonzalez-Marrero moved from Puerto Rico to Florida to increase her opportunity to obtain funding. She started at USF Nursing two years ago as a post-doctoral scholar and immediately submitted for a post-doc grant.
“It’s always very exciting to get funded,” said Susan McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, USF Nursing distinguished professor and Gonzalez-Marrero’s project mentor. “She is a self-starter. I am so impressed with her independence and her persistence. It is very impressive to get funded during a time period when funding is tight.”
Story by Jessica Samaniego, USF College of Nursing. Photo by Judy Plazarin, USF College of Nursing.