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Science Lab
Dr. Paola Mina-Osorio in her research laboratory

Picture this: A journey of success against the odds, where immigrant, first-generation, and bilingual students can carve out incredible careers in medicine and science, making a real difference for underrepresented minority patients.

How do I know it's possible? I'm living proof. As a Hispanic/Latina who's walked that path myself, I'm on a mission to help others do the same.

Like many of you, I am a proud Hispanic/Latina who has faced the unique challenges of being an immigrant or a first-generation American in a Spanish-speaking home. I grew up in South America and moved to the U.S. almost 20 years ago. I know the hurdles of having immigrant roots, living in a Spanish-speaking household, and the pressure of being an immigrant or a first-generation American. Even though my dad is a doctor, his skills didn't fully match the American system. I had to find my way through school and work, creating my own path. 

I am usually the only female physician, the only English as a second language (ESL) person, and the only Latina in the room.

Watch a video about my father's and my last name's story from my Hispanic Role Models book preface here.









I am an M.D. with a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences focused on Immunology.  I completed two post-doctoral research fellowships at the Center for Vascular Biology, UConn Health Center, and the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in NY. ​ I have spent twenty years in academic research and drug discovery in the pharmaceutical industry.  I have served multiple roles of increasing responsibility at small and large companies. My research has focused on discovering new treatments for autoimmune diseases such as lupus, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, and thyroid eye disease, among others. Currently, I am the Vice president of the Medical Affairs division at a biotech company.

To learn more about my career and areas of expertise, visit my LinkedIn page.
A few years ago, I met a student online who said that her school counselor told her she was "not college material." This story affected me deeply, especially after I learned that this is a common occurrence in a country where the diversity of the healthcare workforce does not match the diversity of the population. This story inspired my mission to help decrease the lack of representation of Latinx and other minorities in academic and corporate medicine and research. I have since published my book series "Hispanics in Medicine and Science," given numerous speeches at school events, and mentored half a dozen students who have successfully applied to medical school or Ph.D. programs.

To see a list of my scientific publications, visit PubMed.

Dr. Paola Mina-Osorio surgery rotation
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