Cherie Ramirez, PhD ’12, medical sciences, is a faculty member in the Chemistry and Physics Department of the College of Arts and Sciences at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts, where she teaches undergraduate biochemistry and public health courses. She also serves as the inaugural Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) faculty fellow at the College’s Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET).
Her love of teaching and science blossomed when she was a Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Classical Studies double major at Rollins College in Central Florida. With the goal of being involved in teaching full-time someday, she participated in several teaching and mentoring activities throughout graduate school while earning her PhD in genetics at GSAS studying site-specific nucleases and their applications in genome engineering. After graduating in 2012, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health with a dual appointment as a Curriculum Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute so that she could support faculty and graduate students teaching global health across Harvard University. After her post-doc, she was promoted to be the Deputy Director of the global learning studios at the newly established Global Health Education and Learning Incubator at Harvard University, where she developed strategies and capacities for supporting faculty experimenting with educational multimedia in collaboration with the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning.
Among her distinctions, she has been recognized as an American Chemical Society Scholar, a two-time winner of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and the recipient of graduate fellowships from both the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. Dr. Ramirez has found her experiences living in Mexico, Spain, and Belgium and traveling extensively within the United States and abroad to be among her most enriching catalysts for learning and inspiration.