Maria Isabel Ortega Velez, PhD, received her BS in chemistry and biology at The University of Sonora, her MS in human nutrition from Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo—Food and Development Research Center— (CIAD, A.C.) in Hermosillo México and her PhD in international nutrition at Cornell University. She is a professor and led the Division of Social Linkage at CIAD from 2002 to 2007. From 2007 to 2012 she served as Head of the Division of Nutritional Sciences. Her area of expertise is public nutrition. Her main research focus is food security and food systems and their relationship to chronic diseases and the impact of migration on health. Dr. Ortega has published 20 articles in national and international journals, nine book chapters, six technical papers, and one book.