Research Program Leader, Community Engagement and Outreach
A resident of Concord and native of Ecuador, Ms. Nunes joined the Duke-MURDOCK Study team in September 2009 as a Clinical Research Coordinator. In November 2012, Ms. Nunes was promoted to her current role of project leader. In this role, she oversees community outreach and recruitment efforts of the MURDOCK Study Community Registry and Biorepository in the Kannapolis/Cabarrus County catchment region. She also oversees staffing and office operations, growing volunteer and internship programs, and other community engagement activities associated with this large resource.
Ms. Nunes graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and began her research career at Hoffman-LaRoche in Nutley, New Jersey, where she worked for 14 years in drug discovery. In June 2000, she relocated with her family to Concord, North Carolina. Ms. Nunes worked in the Department of General Surgery Research at the Cannon Research Center of Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) from 2001-2009. While there, she focused on preclinical and clinical research areas related to oncology and immunology.
As an active member of the Greater Charlotte Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), Ms. Nunes has served as a participant since 2007, first as member, secretary and then president of the Greater Charlotte Chapter. She enjoys spending time at the beach and watching soccer with her husband, Tony, and her sons, Tony Jr. and Michael.