I grew up in rural Puerto Rico, surrounded by nature, catching lizards and with a cow in my backyard, which sparked my interest in all things biology. A bilingual, award-winning PhD scientist-turned-communicator, I tap into my scientific training and my cultural background, using science communication, storytelling, and community-building to make science more equitable and inclusive. Through science communication training, I help underrepresented scientists step into the power of their identities and stories. I serve as Director of Communications and Science Outreach for Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), a non-profit and global community of more than 12,000 scientists, students, educators, and allies transforming science education in Puerto Rico, democratizing science, and training young scientific leaders. I also serve as Associate Director of Diversity and Communication Training for iBiology, a non-profit producing free online videos to convey the excitement of modern biology and the process by which scientific discoveries are made. I am the lead producer of “Background to Breakthrough”, a collection of short films expanding the definition of who can become a scientist by showcasing how scientists of color have succeeded because of their backgrounds. For a quick overview about me and my work you can watch the short 1-minute video above.
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