I am gay and I am a microbiologist & higher-education professional. //
I’m the Associate Director of the Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math at John Jay College of the City University of New York (CUNY). I received a BS in Industrial Microbiology from Universidad de Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, where I was a MARC U*STAR Scholar. I completed my PhD at New York University. While at NYU, I was the Co-Chair and founding member of the NYC Minority Graduate Student Network, an organization dedicated to providing professional resources to minority scientists-in-training in the city of New York. After a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard followed by years of working in the biotechnology industry in Boston, I returned to higher education at John Jay.