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Brenda Cabrera-Mendoza, MD/PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Brenda Cabrera-Mendoza, MD/PhD


Dr. Cabrera-Mendoza joined Dr. Renato Polimanti's group in 2021. She completed her MD and PhD in the National Autonomous University of Mexico as part of the Plan of Combined Studies in Medicine (PECEM by its acronym in Spanish). During her PhD, she investigated genomic alterations associated with suicidal behavior. Her research focus on genetic and epigenetic changes associated with suicidal behavior and substance use disorders.

Education & Training

  • MD/PhD
    National Autonomous University of Mexico (2020)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Travel AwardMendelian Randomization Conference2024
Junior Scientist Travel GrantGenetics Society2024
Rising Star AwardUniversity of North Carolina School of Medicine 2024
Young Investigator AwardWorld Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry2024
STAT WunderkindBoston Globe2023
Postdoctoral Fellowship for The Franke Program in Science and the HumanitiesYale University2023
Conference Fellowship for Non-European CountriesEuropean Society of Human Genetics2023
New Investigator AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology2023
Seed GrantWomen Faculty Forum, Yale University2023
Postdoctoral FellowshipAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention2022
James Hudson Brown-Alexander B. Coxe Research Fellowship in Medical SciencesYale University2022
Best Doctoral Dissertation Mexican Association of Suicidology2022
Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award Distinction International Society for Bipolar Disorders2022
Early-Career Investigator Travel FellowshipWinter Conference on Brain Research2022
Reviewer’s Choice AwardAmerican Society of Human Genetics2021
Honorable Mention in PhD degree examinationNational Autonomous University of Mexico2020
Predoctoral Scholar Travel AwardSociety of Biological Psychiatry2020
Early Career Investigator Travel AwardSchizophrenia International Research Society2020
Early-Career Investigator Travel AwardInternational Society of Psychiatric Genetics2020
Honorable MentionStudent’s Meeting of the National Institute of Genomic Medicine2020
Hugh Gurling Award FinalistInternational Society of Psychiatric Genetics2019, 2020
Best Oral PresentationWorld Association on Dual Diagnosis2019
Conacyt Fellowship for Doctoral StudiesMexican National Council of Science and Technology2017
Undergraduate exchange scholarshipOffice for International Cooperation (DGECI), National Autonomous University of Mexico2016

Professional Service

Suicide Working Group - Latin American Genomics ConsortiumCo-Chair2023 - Present
American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Inclusivity CommitteeMember2023 - Present
Society of Biological Psychiatry - Early Career HourCo-Chair2022 - Present
International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity in Action (IDEA) CommitteeMember2022 - Present
International Academy of Suicide ResearchJunior Member2021 - Present
International Behavioral Neuroscience SocietyMember2021 - Present

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