Loretto Carvajal joined DCEG as a postdoctoral fellow in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) in 2021. She earned her M.D. in medicine and surgery in 2008 at the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas (UCIMED) Costa Rica-San José and her M.Sc. in epidemiology in 2021 at the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica–San José. Prior to joining DCEG, Dr. Carvajal worked as an investigator in the DCEG-sponsored human papillomavirus virus (HPV) vaccination clinical trials in Costa Rica, work done in partnership with the Agencia Costarricense de Investigaciones Biomédicas (formerly Proyecto Epidemiologico Guanacaste).
In DCEG, Dr. Carvajal is conducting research on HPV and its related cancers, with a special focus on HPV-driven head and neck tumors. Her mentor is Aimée Kreimer, Ph.D., senior investigator, IIB.