Dr. Rosa Velez is the Laboratory Scientific Director of the Department of Molecular Pathology at Southern Pathology Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Ponce Health Sciences University. Her current work focuses on the research and development of new diagnostic tests/assays for different cancer types and other diseases. She is also in charge of the Research Division at Southern Pathology Services. Under the Research Program, Rosa is the point of contact to establish multidisciplinary collaborations directed to develop new research ideas with applicability to the clinical setting. Her general research interest is to conduct translational research in the areas of cancer and infectious diseases in order to contribute to the development of new strategies for prevention or treatment. The new strategies must be accessible and effective to different types of populations such are Hispanic and other minorities’ populations.