Lani Alcazar, MPH
Brighter Bites, Houston
Lani Alcazar was born and raised in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She has a B.S. in microbiology from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She worked full time as a research assistant in the Biomolecule Analysis Core Facility at UTEP. In December 2014, Lani graduated from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston (UTHSC) with an MPH in epidemiology. She is passionate about working with the community, especially as it relates to the issue of maternal and childhood health. Lani volunteered with a non-profit clinic in El Paso for 10 years as an English/Spanish translator for patients and doctors. This experience triggered her passion to work with the community, and she decided to switch her career path from basic science to public health. She started her MPH program at UTHSC in El Paso and transferred to the Houston campus in 2013, working with Dr. Shreela Sharma as her advisor. Lani interned with the Texas CORD Project in 2013, completed a second internship with the Brighter Bites research project in 2014, and in 2015 she helped Spanish-speaking mothers enrolled in Brighter Bites complete PhotoVoice, a community-based research project displayed in photographs. Lani enjoys traveling, cooking, trying new foods, and learning about other cultures.