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Carolina Salvador Morales, Ph.D.

Program Director

Dr. Carolina Salvador Morales is a Program Director for the NCI Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis’ Nanodelivery Systems and Devices Branch. She manages nanotechnology-focused grants and co-develops new initiatives with other NCI divisions and centers.

Dr. Salvador Morales received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Oxford University. She has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She conducted her postdoctoral training at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School.

For nearly a decade, she worked as an Assistant Professor on Tenure-Track and later earned tenured as an Associate Professor.  Her research program included cancer nanotechnology, molecular imaging, and agricultural chemistry projects. She was the recipient of several grants funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Center for Innovative Technology, and Jeffress Trust Fund. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in leading journals in Colloidal Chemistry and Nanoscience. She is the author of book chapters as well. Furthermore, she was a visiting scholar at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

Apart from having a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic background, Dr. Salvador Morales has received training and experience in entrepreneurship. She was a Kaufman Fellow in 2010 and taught courses on entrepreneurship in bioengineering for over 8 years. Her passion for medical translation led her to perform an extensive customer discovery process within the NSF I-Corp program and co-establish Nano-Guided Technologies, LLC.