Constanza Paulina Silva Gallardo

Constanza Paulina Silva Gallardo

Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health

The Pennsylvania State University

Biography

English version

Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health from The Pennsylvania State University. My research interests focus on investigating the factors associated with adolescent cigarette smoking initiation, continuation, co-use with other addictive substances, and its link with diseases from a genomic, environmental, and translational approach in animal models and humans. My past research has explored the effects of nicotine exposure during adolescence and its impact on alcohol consumption, using gene expression as a proxy to understand the mechanisms underlying behavioral alterations. I am currently studying the effect of reduced nicotine-content cigarettes and sex differences on genomic marks associated with the relief of craving and withdrawal symptoms. Also, I am interested in using innovative statistical methods to examine sex differences in the association between cigarette smoking onset and marijuana use frequency during adolescence. These interdisciplinary and translational research approaches aim to address the complexities of nicotine addiction and substance co-use at different developmental stages. During my Ph.D., I was awarded two highly competitive predoctoral training grants (T32) on Biomedical Big Data (B2D2K) and Prevention and Methodology (PAMT). I have laboratory, data analysis, teaching, grant writing, and science communication experience. Also, I am fluent in both Spanish and English.

Versión en Español

Ph.D. en Salud y Biocomportamiento de la Universidad Estatal de Pensilvania. Mis intereses de investigación se enfocan en los factores asociados con el inicio, continuación, y co-uso del cigarrillo con otras sustancias adictivas. Esta aproximación la desarrollo desde utilizando herramientas que interrogan el genoma y su interacción con el ambiente. Este enfoque se enmarca dentro de translational science, utilizando modelos animales y trabajando con participantes. Durante mi doctorado, obtuve dos becas de entrenamiento predoctorales (T32) otorgadas por el National Institute of Health (NIH), la primera en el uso y análisis de Big Data y la segunda en metodologías y prevención. Además, poseo experiencia en laboratorio, enseñanza, comunicación científica, y desarrollo de proyectos.

Interests

  • Nicotine exposure during adolescence
  • Reduced Nicotine-Content (RNC) Cigarettes
  • Nicotine and Alcohol co-use
  • Nicotine and Cannabis co-use
  • Sex and Gender differences
  • Genomics

Education

  • Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Health, 2021

    Department of Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Extension Certificate in Linguistics and Indigenous Cultures, 2020

    College of Social Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

  • MS. in Biobehavioral Health, 2018

    Department of Biobehavioral Health, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Graduate Certificate in Applied Bioinformatics, 2018

    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science, The Pennsylvania State University

  • BSc in Biological Anthropology, 2014

    Department of Anthropology, College of Social Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Publications

Skills

R

Statistics

Data Analysis

Laboratory

English/Spanish

Contact

  • 432 Human and Health Development (HHD), The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802