Molecular Geneticist, Educator, and Solar System Ambassador
“¿Por qué no yo? ¡Mírame hacerlo!” (Why not me? Watch me do it!)
My development of the Soil Science Citizen Science initiative is more than an educational initiative—it’s a call to environmental empathy and collective action to protect our beautiful Earth. Beyond the scientific realm, my persona as an amateur magician and member of the Magic Castle is an unexpected facet, a testament to my mission of making science captivating and breaking stereotypes.
Born in the Bronx, New York, to parents who came from Puerto Rico due to Operation Bootstrap, both with education limited to middle school, I overcame poverty, violence, and people’s misconceptions about my abilities and potential. A severe learning difference identified in college challenged the notion that I was ‘dumb.’ My mother’s pursuit of education, earning her high school degree in her forties, became a beacon of resilience that fueled my journey.
My aspirations extend beyond personal accomplishments. I envision a world celebrating diversity, where equity is a reality, and inclusion is an action. Through exploration, we advance scientific frontiers and foster a global community united in our commitment to our planet and each other. The impact of my work ripples through local and international communities, contributing to a brighter, more inclusive future.