Dr. Vargas evaluates disease prevention research across the National Institutes of Health using machine learning and advanced portfolio analysis techniques. Additionally, Dr. Vargas coordinates and advises on prevention research in diet, microbiome, genomics and related topics across NIH and HHS. Dr. Vargas joined the ODP in July 2016.
Prior to joining the ODP, Dr. Vargas was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she focused on the molecular epidemiology of nutrition, the microbiome, and biomarkers in cancer. At the NCI, her responsibilities included leading multiple research projects that moved from basic science to epidemiology to improve public health and contribute to the advancement of precision medicine.
Dr. Vargas is a registered dietitian nutritionist and uses her clinical experience to inform research. She is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, having been recognized for her contributions to the dietetics profession. Dr. Vargas earned a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Arizona, a Master of Public Health focusing on quantitative methods from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Wayne State University.