Meet Our Team

Mara Daltabuit Test, Education Director, Founder and CEO

meet the teamDr. Mara Daltabuit Test founded Advancing Research Worldwide, LLC in 2014. She received her DVM from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and earned her PhD at NEIKER Institute and the Universidad de Zaragoza Spain. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Cancer Institute, NIH and for the last four years has been working in the publishing industry.

Mara heads up the Education Program creating and delivering our seminars and webinars throughout Latin America and Spain. Follow us on Twitter @AdvResWW and find out where she will be delivering her next set of courses.

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Laura Warman, Education Program Manager

Dr. Laura Warman earned her B.Sc. in Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She then received her Masters at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand & The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and her PhD at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Following her PhD, Laura undertook postdoctoral research, working as part of a team with personnel from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Stanford University, and the USDA Forest Service. Dr. Warman’s work oscillates between blue-sky plant ecology and more applied ecology and conservation. She has years of teaching experience, including as a teaching assistant at the University of New South Wales and a guest lecturer, course instructor and program mentor at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Laura works enthusiastically to promote Latin American research at an international level.

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Elena Garcia Seco, Operations Manager

Dr. Elena García Seco earned her DVM from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), following an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University and a residency in equine surgery at the University of Missouri. After her residency, Dr. Garcia Seco worked as a clinical instructor in surgery at Marion du Pont Scott Equine Medical Center. Recently, she has been working as a professor and surgeon, first at the Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio in Madrid, Spain, and then as the academic and surgery coordinator at the UNAM. In the last couple of years, Dr. Garcia Seco has been translating scientific papers for international journals.

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Paul Ruffner, Team Leader

With two master’s degrees, one from la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain, and one from American University in Washington, DC, USA, Paul is an interdisciplinary researcher who has worked extensively in both English and Spanish. In addition to his work at ARW, he writes and translates for various human rights organizations in the Americas and Europe.

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Ana Cataño Lara, Marketing

Ana received her DVM and Master’s from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her Master’s degree focused on environmental education. She has worked at UNAM as an assistant lecturer and as a lecturer. Ana is dedicated to the dissemination of science through the publication of original research.

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Cristina Díaz Vega, Marketing Manager

Dr. Cristina Díaz Vega received her medical degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, México. She has two master’s degrees, one from the Universidad Iberoamericana and the second from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) FES-Zaragoza, both in Mexico City. For the last 10 years she has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and Health Care Information Technologies (HCIT) focusing on B2B and B2C development.

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