Ofelia Olivero, Ph.D.

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Ofelia Olivero, Ph.D., Chief, Intramural Diversity Workforce Branch

Credit: National Cancer Institute

Chief, Intramural Diversity Workforce Branch
Center for Cancer Training

Dr. Ofelia A. Olivero obtained her PhD in cytogenetics in Argentina and subsequently joined the National Cancer Institute (NCI) where she has worked since 1987. Together with her colleagues, she showed for the first time that the nucleoside analog used in the earliest AIDS therapy was a transplacental carcinogen in mice. She pioneered the discovery of nucleoside analogs induced centrosomal amplification and aneuploidy working as a Senior Staff Scientist in the Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics at NCI. She is the author and co-author of more than 75 scientific articles, book chapters and her book entitled, Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science: Strategies for Success.

Her dedication to empower and inspire young females to choose scientific careers was recognized by the US State Department in her selection to be part of a delegation of female scientists to visit Brazil and Colombia to favor the participation of women in science. Dr. Olivero is the recipient of the Leading Diversity Award given by the NCI Director in appreciation of efforts furthering diversity and equal employment opportunity. She has received a Mentor award from AWIS in the year 2013 because of her commitment to mentoring young minority females a mentoring award from the National Cancer Institute in 2016 and was recognized as a “Game Changer” from the office of Equality Diversity and Inclusion from NIH.

As the current Chief of the Diversity Intramural Workforce Branch she is leading the efforts of NCI to increase diversity in the workforce. The IDWB coordinates efforts to attract, recruit, and foster a community of scientists from diverse backgrounds at NCI, supports trainees onboarding and mentoring and implements activities to create a lasting culture of inclusion.