Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD is Professor of Biology and Director of the Health Equity Research Laboratory and SF BUILD Project at SF State. She is the first-born daughter of Mexican immigrants and began her education in the U.S. as a monolingual Spanish speaker. Professor Márquez-Magaña attended Stanford University as the first member of her extended U.S. family to complete high school. At Stanford she earned a co-terminal BS/MS degree in Biological Sciences, and went on to earn a PhD in Biochemistry at UC Berkeley. She joined the faculty at SF State in 1994 targeting her professional efforts to “giving back” in science.
In the Health Equity Research (HER) lab we link basic science to community health. As part of this effort Professor Márquez-Magaña directs a laboratory of researchers committed to “giving back” to the communities they come from. Current projects in the lab include transdisciplinary collaborations to investigate how social disadvantage/chronic stress get under the skin to affect telomere length, cortisol reactivity, and biological resiliency.