Yaniris Molina Aponte
GSMI Scholar Interviewer
Yaniris Molina Aponte works as a research technologist and lab manager at Johns Hopkins University. In August 2023, she will start graduate school as an immunology PhD student at Harvard University. She will be supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Yaniris graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Humacao, with a double major in Biology and Microbiology and a minor in Chemistry. She is passionate about science outreach and mentorship of historically marginalized students. She has worked with science outreach programs like the Puerto Rico Science Heroes, where she organized fun STEM experiments for children from underserved communities. Yaniris also collaborated with PROUD, an HHMI funded program at UPR-Humacao, to support first-generation students in STEM. As a member of Cientifico Latino, she aims to give back to her community with the goal of increasing the number of LatinX and Hispanic students pursuing graduate school in the US.