Rolando Barajas, M.P.H.

Special Volunteer
Genomic Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

E-mail: rolando.barajas@nih.gov

Degrees
  • M.P.H. – Epidemiology & Maternal and Child Health, San Diego State University
  • B.S. – Human Biology, Michigan State University

Biography

Mr. Rolando Barajas is a Special Volunteer in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program's (EGRP) Genomic Epidemiology Branch (GEB). He was a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow in GEB betweenJuly 2018 and June 2020.

As a fellow, Mr. Barajas assisted with the development and evaluation of scientific initiatives and literature reviews for areas relevant to EGRP and GEB, including health disparities, rare cancers, and utilization of next-generation sequencing and existing genomic and epidemiologic datasets for population-based cancer research.

Prior to joining NIH, Mr. Barajas worked as the project coordinator for a longitudinal study/public health surveillance resource for the city of Flint through Michigan State University’s Flint Center for Health Equity Solutions. His work focused heavily on community-based participatory research due to the social climate of Flint following the water crisis. While completing his M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), he worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center Neuro-oncology clinical trials team.

His research interests include evaluating cancer health disparities among minority groups, genetic cancer risk susceptibility and how it is impacted by the environment, and genetic differences within underserved populations that could improve treatment responses. He hopes to one day pursue his M.D. and Ph.D.