Semarhy Quiñones, PhD
Scientist & Artist
I am a trained bacterial geneticist and freelance artist from Puerto Rico. I earned my bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, where I participated in PR-LSAMP and MARC-U*STAR undergraduate research programs. I completed my PhD degree in Microbiology from the University of California, Davis, where I studied the origin of mutations under stressful conditions with John R. Roth, PhD as my doctoral advisor. Currently, I am a full-time Biological Sciences lecturer at Sacramento State. I also work with the CSU-LSAMP Statewide Alliance, the CSU-LSAMP at Sacramento State and the RISE Programs preparing the next generation of scientists.
I also work as an independent artist and science illustrator creating artwork to increase the visibility of women of color, who have historically been underrepresented in the STEM fields. I also cofounded STEAM100x35 to promote Puerto Rican women studying, working or retired in the sciences, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) fields around the world.