Spotlight: Jennifer Matas

Every month we focus on an outstanding staff member of the BCM Family. This month, it’s Jennifer Matas in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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Jennifer Matas

Jennifer Matas

Name: Jennifer L. Matas, M.P.H.

Title: Research Associate

Department: Family and Community Medicine

How long have you been at BCM? 4 ½ years

What’s your favorite thing about working at BCM? I love working alongside such a diverse group of healthcare professionals that come together every day to improve the health and well-being of our communities. I’m fortunate that I get to learn so much every day I’m on the job.

Where were you born? Houston, Texas – I’m a very proud Houstonian!

What is your favorite kind of food? French fries

What is your favorite restaurant in Houston, and at that restaurant your favorite dish? This is a very tough question because Houston has so much good food! It really all depends on my mood.

What’s on your music playlist? I have a very diverse taste in music but I love Latin music because it makes me want to get up and dance.

What is your dream vacation? Anywhere with a nice beach sounds dreamy to me.

What have you binged watched recently? “Ozark”

Complete this sentence: Most people wouldn’t know that I … am terrified of heights and high speeds – I’m not a fan of rollercoasters.

What are some of your personal hobbies? I love watching documentaries.

Last book you read or podcast you listened to? NPR’s “Hidden Brain” podcast

Last movie you saw? “Shazam!”

Any kids? Pets? No kids yet. We have a lovely 10-year-old Rottweiler named Coby. He’s a cool guy!

Favorite food on campus? Salmon bowl from the Lantern Cafe

Favorite BCM/Medical Center hangout? MD Anderson Research Medical Library