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Staff Q&A: Patricia Bustamante, MPH, research project manager, NUDACC

Patricia Bustamante

Patricia Bustamante, MPH, research project manager at the Northwestern University Data and Coordination Center, helps launch and keep multicenter clinical science running smoothly.

Read a Q&A with Bustamante below.

Where are you originally from?   

I grew up in Willowbrook, Ill.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Master of Public Health.

Please tell us about your professional background.

I started as a laboratory technician in Dr. Steven Wolinsky’s laboratory in the Department of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases. Our laboratory focused on the Multicenter Aids Cohort Study (MACS) and performed high throughput sequencing on several sequencing platforms.

After completing my public health degree, I moved out of the lab and into the infectious disease clinic as a study coordinator. As a study coordinator, I met study participants who have been dedicated to this study by coming in every 6 months for over 30 years. Many of these men started in their thirties and are now at retirement age.

I recently accepted a new position in February 2020 with Northwestern University Data and Coordination Center (NUDACC) as a research project manager.

Why do you enjoy working at Northwestern?

Northwestern employs a diverse population of people from all over the world with different backgrounds. You never know who you will meet.

What is your favorite part of the job? 

NUDACC is a new center at Northwestern, working on various projects. Working here is fast-paced, but fun. My co-workers also consist of highly motivated and intelligent people who inspire you to perform at a high level.

What exciting projects are you working on? 

We are currently working on launching our first multisite study, Glycemic Observation and Metabolic Outcomes in Mothers and Offspring (GO MOMs). Be on the lookout!

What do you like to do in your spare time? 

I love to play and watch live tennis.