Melissa Ramirez, PhD
GSMI Community Engagement Coordinator
Melissa is a computational and synthetic organic chemist. She was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in Pasadena, CA as part of a Mexican American family. She is a first-generation college student and obtained her BA in chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Thereafter, Melissa attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she received a PhD in chemistry in 2021. Melissa served as Community Engagement Coordinator for UCLA's Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science and is enthusiastic about continuing to contribute to diversity initiatives in the STEM fields. She was motivated to join the Cientifico Latino team, which she will contribute to while also serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology starting the summer of 2021.