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Gabriela Asturias

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: United States, Stanford General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


2017 Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

1) COVID-19 transmission prevention using a syndromic surveillance system 2) Chronic Child Malnutrition in Guatemala 3) STEAM Education through the IGNITE Model 4) Mental Health Services through primary care in Guatemala

Research Keywords: 
steam education

Publications resulting from Research: 

Dotson, M.E., Alvarez V., Tackett, M., Asturias, G., et al. Design Thinking-Based STEM Learning: Preliminary Results on Achieving Scale and Sustainability Through the IGNITE Model. Frontiers in Education. 2020.

Mueller, J., Dotson, M.E., Dietzel, J., Peters, J., Asturias, G., et al. Using Human-Centered Design to Connect Engineering Concepts to the Sustainable Development Goals. Advances in Engineering Education. 2019.

Cordon, A., Asturias, G., De Vries, T., et al. Advancing child nutrition science in the scaling up nutrition era: a systematic scoping review of stunting research in Guatemala. BMJ Paediatrics Open. 2019;3:e000571. doi: 10.1136/bmjpo-2019-000571

Paniagua-Avila, A., Chavez Manth, C., Puac-Polanco, V., López, A., Barrera, A., Ramirez, D., Asturias,G.​, Burrone, M.S., Alvarado, R., Figueroa, C. (2018). ​Providing Culturally-Appropriate Mental Health Services to Maya Communities in Guatemala.
•Helped facilitate a 3-day roundtable discussion with local healers, midwives, and health workers from Tecpán. This included focus groups and interviews with the stakeholders.

Deng, Z.D., Davis, S.W., Asturias, G., Glidewell, M., Liston, C., Dubin, M.J. (2016, September). Effect of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on the Structural Connectome in Patients with Major Depression.
Presented in the Transcranial Brain Stimulation Conference 2016, Göttingen, Germany.
•Abstract selected as top three for Therapy Psychiatry
•Won Duke University URS (Undergraduate Research Support Office) Travel Grant to attend the conference
Presented in the National Network of Depression Centers Annual Meeting 2016, Denver, CO
Presented in the International Brain Stimulation Conference 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Collaborator in writing: Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings (2015). Nepal Earthquakes 2015: Desk Review of Existing Information with Relevance to Mental Health and Psychosocial Support; Kathmandu, Nepal

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study
1) Stanford University, School of Medicine, Stanford, CA (2018-ongoing) 2) President and Co-Founder, Desarrolla Guatemala Foundation (FUNDEGUA) Guatemala City, Guatemala (2015-ongoing) 3) Chief Operations Officer and Research Director, MiResource, Inc., Woodside, CA (2016-ongoing)


Stanford School of Medicine
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Sep 2020
35 Innovators Under 35 in Latin America by MIT Technology Review
Jul 2020
STTR Fast Track Grant from the NIH
Recipient of STTR Phase 1&2 Fast Track Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for $1.2M over 2.5 years | MiResource
Aug 2020
CDC funding for ALMA System
Recipient of $500K from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to scale the ALMA System in Guatemala over 2 years | FUNDEGUA
Apr 2020
IDB funding for the ALMA System
Recipient of COVID-19 Innovative Solutions Grant by Inter-American Development Bank for the ALMA System for $100K over 1 year | FUNDEGUA
Mar 2020
Winner of the COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge
Winner of the COVID-19 Open Innovation Challenge by the National Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT) and Vice President of Guatemala for the ALMA System | FUNDEGUA

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