Senior Scientist, Program Director of the Phenotyping Cores, University of MinnesotaBiography
Pilar Ariza Guzman received her DVM from the University of La Salle, Bogota, Colombia and an M.S. from the University of Minnesota. In 2013 she became the Director of the Phenotyping core in Jackson Hall and in the Cardiovascular and Cancer Research Building (CCRB) for the University of Minnesota. The Cores are designed to integrate disciplines by offering the opportunity for investigators to use highly specialized equipment to conduct their research and have access to highly skilled services and surgeries. Guzman has extensive experience in lab management, rodent care and surgical techniques. From 1998 to 2013, Guzman had the opportunity to work with John Osborn to understand the role of the central nervous system in the long-term regulation of arterial pressure and the pathogenesis of hypertension. During this time she had the opportunity to develop and perfect a series of surgical techniques, which include abdominal interventions, open chest mostly in rats, nerve ablations, implantation of telemeters, Sub cutaneous implantations of minipumps and pellet. During this period of time she was also very involved in the collaboration of grants for the lab and her work included the following grants; 2000 - 2010 NIH Neural Mechanisms of Long-Term Cardiovascular Control, 2004 - 2009 NIH Long-term Neural Determinants of Cardiovascular Diseases. She was awarded in August, 2001 Outstanding Laboratory Personnel as a Scientist, Dept. of Animal Science, University of Minnesota. One of her other important duties has been the involvement with the Research Animal Resources (RAR) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) inspections in different labs. This gave her the opportunity to learn more about the correct way to care for the animals in experimental studies. From 1990 - 1996 she worked in the Research Institute of Colombia South America CORPOICA as a research scientist in animal nutrition.