Dr. Pamela Padilla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of North Texas. She received her PhD from the University of New Mexico, conducted her post-doctoral research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and was a Glenn Visiting Scholar at the Salk Institute. She has received funding support from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. She received prestigious awards and honors including being named a Kavli Fellow and awarded an Early Career Award for Research and Creativity at UNT and an NSF CAREER. Her research interests include environmentally induced arrest in various organisms (nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and killifish Austrofundulus limnaeus). Currently, her laboratory focus involves understanding how genetics and environmental factors, such as diet, influence the response to oxygen deprivation. At UNT she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of Genetics and Stress Physiology.