PSA Spanish-Language Extension Associate
Mariana joined the PSA team in February 2022 as a Spanish-Language Extension Associate. Her collaboration includes coordination and participation in training programs, translation and development of produce safety-related relevant documents and guidelines, and overall support for the Spanish-speaking educators, growers and other stakeholders, domestically and internationally.
Mariana has collaborated in diverse food and public health-related work groups. She served as a project microbiologist for the National Food Laboratory, as a laboratory biosafety analyst and an importation technical analyst for the Mexican Federal Department of Agriculture, and as a research and teaching assistant for the Center for Food Safety at Texas A&M University (TAMU) and for the Nutrition and Biochemistry Department in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico. Her academic background includes a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in Food Science and Technology from TAMU and a B.Sc. degree in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Husbandry from the UNAM. Her interdisciplinary background and bilingual capabilities allow her to serve as a liaison within the food production community, translating not only between languages, but from technical and scientific information into practical solutions.