Dr. Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz 🤝
Scientist, Educator and Science Communicator
- 30 min30 minutes
- Virtual Meeting
About the Mentor 🌱
Dr. Greetchen Díaz-Muñoz is a scientist, educator, communicator and advocate of diversity and inclusion in the careers of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Throughout her professional career, Greetchen has participated in countless initiatives in Puerto Rico, the United States and beyond, including the creation of projects and collaborations in science education, communication, outreach and public policy. Greetchen, who was a volunteer at non-profit Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), is currently its Director of the Science Education Program and Community Partnerships. Also, Greetchen founded the “Borinqueña” blog, focused on empowering Hispanic and Puerto Rican women and girls in STEM, and the first Girl's in STEM Ambassadors Program in Puerto Rico, Seeds of Success. Before joining CienciaPR, Dr. Díaz was the Grants Program Director at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, where she was responsible for the implementation of the first local grants mechanism in Puerto Rico. Greetchen’s role in elevating underrepresented groups in STEM also include her contributions as president of the Puerto Rico Society of Microbiologists, as the first Latina on the boards of directors of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and its first chair of their inclusive diversity with equity, access and accountability (IDEAA) committee. Also, Greetchen is producer and host of the TV show "La Fórmula STEAM", a Spanish language science educational show. In addition, she was recognized by Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as one of their IF/THEN Ambassadors, with the purpose of motivating the next generation of pioneers in STEM. Dr. Díaz has received numerous awards and honors from various organizations, including Puerto Rico’s Senate and the House of Representatives for her service in science and education. Also, her work and projects has been featured on a diversity of local and international media outlets. Dr. Díaz-Muñoz completed a Bachelor and Master Degrees in Biology, at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Then, she earned her PhD in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at The Ohio State University, and completed a postdoctoral researcher at the Nebraska Center for Virology, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.