Elberth “Bert” Pineda grew up in the South Los Angeles area. After finishing high school he attended community college at El Camino College before transferring to UCLA. At UCLA he combined his interest in biology and chemistry and majored in Biochemistry. While in college he did research at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute where he worked on a study that looked into characterizing addictive disorders. After graduating, Bert worked in the laboratory at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Part of his duties at the hospital included training nurses and doctors to use laboratory equipment at the patient’s bedside. Working in a county hospital gave him insight on challenges affecting underprivileged populations within the healthcare system. This awareness developed into an interest in community medicine and primary care. Bert is really excited to be part of the UCLA PRIME/DREW program because it will allow him to grasp a deeper understanding of what can be done to properly address the issues that affect disadvantaged populations. Additionally, he has a passion for mentorship and helping students achieve their goals. He is actively involved in the LMSA and SNMA and works alongside other organizations in order to build a strong support network for fellow colleagues and future students. On his free time he enjoys swimming, camping and long naps at the beach.

Undergrad Institution: UC Los Angeles

Hometown: Gardena, CA