Raquel is  Professor in the Department of Statistics at the Baskin School of EngineeringUCSC, where she has been on the faculty since 2001. In 1998 she graduated with a PhD in Statistics and Decision Sciences from Duke University. From 1998 until 2001 she was an Assistant Professor in Statistics at Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. She was a co-recepient  of the Outstanding Statistical Application Award of the American Statistical Association in 1999. She  is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. She served as Program Chair of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis in 2013 and is currently ISBA President.