• Patricia Valdez is a scientist and author with a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. She currently works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Originally from Texas, Patricia now resides in Maryland with her husband, two children, and three cats. She and her family are big fans of the National Zoo’s Komodo dragon, Murphy. Patricia is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group. JOAN PROCTER, DRAGON DOCTOR is her first picture book.

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