Criseyda Martinez, Biology/Microbiology graduate student
Criseyda Martinez is the first of her family to attend college and graduate school. She grew up in the Los Angeles area with her Salvadoran family. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in microbiology at San Francisco State University and is also involved with U.S.E.U. (Union Salvadoreña de Estudiantes Universitarios), a Salvadoran student union dedicated to working with the Salvadoran and Latin American communities. Her research focuses primarily on infectious and tropical diseases, especially those caused by parasites. She has studied diseases such as African sleeping sickness and avian malaria, and currently works under the supervision of Dr. Ravinder Sehgal in an avian parasitology laboratory. Her long-term research goal is to1investigate the molecular mechanisms of infectious parasites, particularly parasites that are prevalent and public health concerns in Third World countries. She is in the process of interviewing with Ph.D. programs and hopes to move to the East Coast. Her biggest inspirations are her family and her community.
Update: In 2011, Criseyda entered a Ph.D. program in Microbiology and Molecular Parasitology at New York University's Sackler Institute at the NYU School of Medicine. Congratulations Criseyda!