Teresa Ramírez, Ph.D., is currently the 2016-2017 National Human Genome Research Institute/American Society of Human Genetics (NHGRI/ASHG) Genetics and Education Fellow. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the National Institutes of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Ramirez received her B.S. in general biology from California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 2004. From 2004 to 2006, she participated in a post-baccalaureate program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where she studied how various drugs sensitize cancer cells to apoptosis. During her tenure at NCI, she became a mentor through the NCI-sponsored Elementary Outreach Program, teaching students about scientific careers. Dr. Ramírez has been a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/as and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) for sixteen years.
In 2014, Dr. Ramirez earned a doctoral degree in molecular pharmacology and physiology from Brown University, where genetics played a major role in her research studies. She studied the effects of chronic alcohol exposure in relation to insulin resistance, endoplasmic reticulum stress and lipid accumulation in the liver and its contribution to alcoholic liver disease. At Brown, Dr. Ramirez was founder and first president of the Brown University SACNAS chapter. During her time at Brown, she served as a peer mentor through Brown's African, Latin, Asian/Asian-American, and Native American undergraduate mentoring program, where she shared information about graduate school and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) career opportunities, by also serving as part of their educational support system.
In 2009, Dr. Ramirez was awarded the Student Role Model Award and received the Pre-Doctoral Ford Foundation Fellowship. In 2015, she became a member of the National Hispanic Science Network (NHSN). In 2016, Dr. Ramirez received the Mentor Role Model Award from Minority Access, Inc., and was also awarded the best poster award as a young investigator.
Dr. Ramírez is president for the NIH SACNAS Chapter. She is passionate about mentoring students and sharing her love for science. Dr. Ramirez often returns to her community in Compton, California, where she shares her educational/career trajectory with students, as well as helping them with scholarship, financial aid and college applications.
Dr. Ramírez is a first-generation Mexican American and the first in her family to graduate from college and earn a doctoral degree. She firmly believes in the importance of mentorship and how it can create a positive impact in the lives of others as it did in hers. She advises students to stay focused and to continue following their dreams by working hard, staying positive and by always asking questions.
Last Updated: January 18, 2017