Nick Acuna

Nicholas Acuna, MPH is a current PhD student in Epidemiology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Nick earned his MPH from Rutgers School of Public Health and is an alumnus of the Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program from the Institute of Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio. His previous research experience includes plant genetics, smoking cessation among medically underserved populations, and addressing disparities for 21-gene assay testing among Hispanic/Latina women in New Jersey. He has published manuscripts in Health Psychology Open and the Journal of Cancer Education. His current research interests include cancer disparities and understanding the role biomarkers/genetic factors may contribute to poor health outcomes. Nick’s career objective is to ultimately focus on reducing mortality and morbidity rates of cancer among Hispanic/Latinx communities and serve as an advocate for immigrant health.