Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña


Engagement Speaker Info:

Dr. Leticia Márquez-Magaña is joining our VBRC group on Tuesday, July 20 at 10AM PST to discuss the “Converting Microaggressions to Microaffirmations”

SF BUILD Principal Investigator

SF State Biology Professor

Leticia Márquez-Magaña, PhD is Professor of Biology and the Director of the Health Equity Research (HER) Laboratory at San Francisco State University. 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.

Research Portfolio

Her current research in the Health Equity Research (HER) lab is on how social disadvantage, including racism and other forms of discrimination, get “under the skin” to cause health disparities. Her group aims to make meaningful contributions to the knowledge that will improve the health and well-being of underserved communities.

Dr. Márquez-Magaña is Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University.

Dr. Márquez-Magaña is Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University.

SF BUILD, Principal Investigator

SF BUILD, Principal Investigator

She joined the faculty at SF State in 1994 targeting her professional efforts to “giving back.” Currently these efforts are primarily dedicted to achieving the overall mission of the HER lab to “Link Basic Science to Community Health.” Towards this end projects in the lab are aimed at using biomedical tools to study how social injustice gets under the skin to cause or worsen disease.

San Francisco, United States

Public Health Influencer

Leti’s most influential mentors are her parents and grandfather, giving her a strong foundation of hard work, resourcefulness and resilience, traits she intends to pass on to the students and faculty in SF BUILD.