Dr. Díaz-Venegas was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico where he earned a B.A. in Economics from ITESM in December 2005. A year later, he moved to the United States where he earned a M.S. in Demography from Florida State University in July 2007. He then pursued a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, earning it in May 2012.
After completing his studies, Dr. Díaz-Venegas began working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and in 2015 moved to Rostock, Germany to become a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, position he currently holds.
His main research interests are health and aging. His previous work has examined topics such as the socioeconomic determinants of disability and cognition in both Mexico and the US. He has used large data sets such as the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) to study how these determinants interact over the life course to change physical and mental well-being in the elderly. His current and future work looks to further expand these topics to cast attention on issues of health and aging in developing countries such as Mexico.