Vikky Garcia


Senior Research Nurse Supervisor

The reason I became a nurse was to help people.  Working on the floor or in a hospital accomplishes this goal but usually just one person at a time and is usually after the person has already been afflicted with disease or illness.  Working for Johns Hopkins and conducting trials that will eventually lead to the approval of new vaccines to prevent and reduce the incidents of disease effects people on a global scale and is the most rewarding job that I have ever had. I also see the disparities that effect the Navajo population and knowing that I am part of an amazing team that is addressing many of the issues that the people face and making a difference in the lives of people on the reservation is very rewarding.


Vikky has worked for the center for the Infectious Disease team since 2001 and has worked in several different capacities since then.  She first joined the center as a Research Nurse and worked in this capacity from 2001 – 2004 until she was promoted to site manager for the Fort Defiance site in 2004 – 2013.  In 2013 she was promoted to coordinator for the Fort Defiance and Chinle sites and continues to work for the center in this capacity.  Vikky has managed and assisted in various studies; some of which include Rota Virus IND trial, RSV IND trial, SPNG IND trial, maternal flu, long term NP, PCV 13, water quality, HIRRI, Active Bacterial Surveillance and Farm To Table.  Vikky has been a certified Child Passenger safety technician since 2005 and serves as the instructor for field staff teaching proper installation of child safety seats and transportation of participants in project vehicles.