I am gay and I am an immunologist. //
I started as a coral reef biologist in the Caribbean. I fell in love and moved in exile to Chile to be with my husband, also a scientist, until the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. We got married in Buenos Aires without family or friends, so we could eventually immigrate back to the USA. Now, I am finishing my PhD in immunology at Washington University in Saint Louis. I was priveledged to get back into science through fellowships from the NSF and NIH. My husband has recently given up trying to enter a system—science in the USA—that does not often recognize the challenges queer people of color face to pursue a career in academic research. There is place in science for everyone, although everyone may not know it yet. I will make sure of it. We have a daughter, she is a cat named Sofia.