ADEA Leadership Institute
Class of 2023
Dr. Samaniego is an Associate Professor of Microanatomy & Cellular Biology and the Dental Scientific Principles of Scientific Medicine I Program Director for Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Woody L. Hunt School of Dental Medicine (Hunt School of Dental Medicine). She obtained her Ph.D. in Pathobiology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Previously, Dr. Samaniego was one of the founding faculty members for an undergraduate Applied Biology Program at Kettering University in Flint, MI, where she designed several classes, led program assessment, led grant-funded project assessments, mentored research teams and created opportunities for undergraduates to engage with the community of Flint to increase STEM and health awareness. Her cellular and biochemical research focuses were in evaluation of biocompatibility of prosthetics, assessing nutraceutical properties of extracts and investigating mechanisms of anti-cancer compounds.
Dr. Samaniego currently serves on the Hunt School of Dental Medicine Executive Committee, Wellness Committee, and in 2022, the Curriculum Committee. Her educational research interests include service learning, implementation of remediation strategies and developing integrated curricular nodes in dentistry. The development of a new program engages much of her time, but in the future, she plans to study biocompatibility of implant materials or mechanistic studies related to periodontal disease.