Valeria Cantos Lucio

Cohort III CFAR Adelante Scholar, Valeria Cantos (Emory University) has been selected for the HIV Vaccine Trials Network’s inaugural Scientific Leadership Development program.

Dr. Cantos is an infectious disease specialist and since 2017 she has been a clinician and co-investigator at the Emory University Ponce de Leon clinical research site in Atlanta, Georgia. She has served as co-investigator for several HVTN studies, including HVTN 137, HVTN 706 (MOSAICO), and HVTN 704 (AMP study). She has also served as lead site investigator for several inpatient and outpatient COVID-19 studies, as well as scientist-led HIV prevention projects. Dr. Cantos is the lead investigator for the Community Engagement team at her site. She is invested in optimizing representation of Latinx and Black populations in HIV vaccine and prevention clinical trials.

Mentor: Colleen Kelley, M.D., M.P.H., Emory University School of Medicine