A Message from the Directors

Our RISE (Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement) to Excellence Community at New Mexico State University is committed to scientific research that will increase human health and reduce illness and disabilities.

Elba Serrano
Regents Professor
Program Director

RISE is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative that supports student scientific development activities in minority-serving institutions through awards from the Minority Biomedical  Research Support (MBRS) program.  The goal of NIH-RISE is to build and diversify the nation’s health sciences workforce by increasing the number of students from underrepresented groups who  complete Ph.D. degree programs in biomedical and behavioral research.

New Mexico State University is a RISE eligible minority-serving institution that also is classified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Of the over 300 HSIs in the continental United States, less than a dozen offer doctoral degrees. As a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University, NMSU is an HSI that is uniquely positioned to contribute to the NIH-RISE mandate.

Shelley Lusetti
Associate Professor
Program Co-Director

We welcome you to our website and invite you to learn about the research that is undertaken by some of the finest NMSU students and their dedicated faculty mentors in their search for  biomedical discoveries.

Graciela Unguez
Program Co-Director


Drs. Elba Serrano, Shelley Lusetti, and Graciela Unguez
RISE Program Co-Directors