I am gay and I am a bioengineer.//
I grew up in a conservative environment in Chile. As a response to bullying I threw myself into books and realized that I was passionate about the natural world. I got my BS in Biochemistry in Chile and moved to the US to work as a technician in a Systems Biology lab so I could be in a better position to apply for grad school. I am now finishing my PhD at Stanford Bioengineering, where I build tools and develop models to better understand how antibiotics affect our gut microbiota. As a queer, immigrant POC scientist, I try to make myself visible and offer support to younger scientists. When I’m not in lab, I’m in the outdoors or thinking about how to build community in my city, either through food banks or, lately, community health programs.