Maria Irene Font Mera

María provides administrative support to UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center faculty, including Dr. Rumey Ishizawar, Medical Director of the UNC Hospital’s Rheumatology Specialty Clinic; and Dr. Alfredo Rivadeneira, Director of the UNC Therapeutic Infusion Center and Latin Rheumatology Clinic. She also provides administrative support and serves as a research assistant for ongoing and developing clinical research trials.

Prior to joining the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center, María was a clinical research coordinator for autoimmune trials at Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, in Raleigh, NC. She has laboratory research experience in pediatric oncology at MD Anderson Cancer Center, epigenetics at the Centro Comprensivo de Cáncer UPR, and quorum sensing at the University of Notre Dame.

She received her B.S. degree in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Certified Nurse Aide in the state of North Carolina.