Semarhy Quiñones, PhD
Bacterial Geneticist & Artist
I am a trained bacterial geneticist and freelance artist. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where I received my bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao. I obtained my PhD degree in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis, where I studied the origin of mutations under stressful conditions. Currently, I am a full-time biology lecturer at Sacramento State, where I also work with the CSU-LSAMP & RISE Programs to help increase the number of students entering graduate programs.
In addition to Teaching and Science, I am passionate about increasing the visibility of women, women of color and people from historically underrepresented communities in the STEM fields. I work my passion through coordinating and mentoring students in programs aimed at developing a diverse pool of scientists, Community Outreach and Art.