I grew up in rural Puerto Rico, surrounded by nature and with a cow in my backyard, which sparked my interest in all things biology. A scientist-turned-communicator, I build connections to make science and scientists accessible to all.
My bilingual outreach efforts focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) topics and opportunities, as well as increasing diversity in science and science communication. In 2013, I won the COPUS Paul Shin Memorial Award (2013) for her efforts to increase public understanding of science among Hispanic audiences. My work has been featured on international media outlets, such as Univisión, VOXXI, and Scientific American among others.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamón and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Harvard University. I am is the vice-director and news editor-in-chief of Ciencia Puerto Rico, an organization leveraging social networks to engage Puerto Rican and Latino scientists in science communication and education. I am also the Science Outreach Program Manager for iBiology, a non-profit that produces and distributes free online educational videos featuring the world’s leading scientists (including 37 Nobel Prize winners), their research, ideas and opinions.