Drs. Guido Urizar, Britt-Rios Ellis, and Paul Buonora from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) are conducting a research study funded by the NIH Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) initiative of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). The purpose of this study, entitled “Alliance for Health Opportunities Research Advancement (AHORA),” is to conduct an assessment of our collective research infrastructure and resources. The AHORA findings will then inform the strategic planning needed to strengthen CSULB’s ability to optimally support the advancement of underrepresented (UR) students through the biomedical and behavioral doctoral pipeline. This process will form a consortium of external and internal institutional partners/programs needed to conduct an analysis of existing research development programs and institutional research resources.


  • Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis
  • Co-PI / NCLR Center Director
  • britt.rios-ellis@csulb.edu
  • Dr. Guido Urizar
  • Principal Investigator
  • guido.urizar@csulb.edu
  • Dr. Paul Buonora
  • Co-PI
  • paul.buonora@csulb.edu
  • Dr. Mara Bird
  • Director of University-Based Programs
  • mara.bird@csulb.edu
  • Dr. Gino Galvez
  • Director of Evaluation
  • gino.galvez@csulb.edu
  • Maryan Santa Cruz
  • Administrative Assistant
  • maryan.santacruz@csulb.edu


Coming soon