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Miguel Grijalva has worked at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute for 28 years, making him the longest-serving employee on our team. Miguel’s professional passion for working with all things mechanical, especially autos, has served both Miguel and SDRI well. He is responsible for all on-site building repair and maintenance.

In 1986 he began working as the Animal Care Technician where he managed and took care of the extensive non-obese diabetic mouse colony. Miguel is from Guatemala, Central America where he graduated from the Fire Academy in 1968 and moved to Santa Barbara in 1983 to be near family. Prior to working at SDRI, Miguel worked for Applied Magnetic Corporation in Goleta while also taking English as a Second Language classes at the Santa Barbara City College.