- Education, Life Sciences, Biology, Politics and Political Science
- Research Keywords:
- neurobiology, science education, nonprofits, science policy
- Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), a network that promotes and supports scientific outreach, education and careers in Puerto Rico and among its diaspora. She also recently joined Yale University as Associate Research Faculty within its Center for Scientific Teaching, where she will be applying evidence-based strategies to enhance CienciaPR's outreach, education, and mentoring programs and seek ways to measure and evaluate their impact. Dr. Guerrero-Medina has over 10 years of experience on strategies and projects that seek to broaden the participation of underrepresented minorities in STEM, develop institutional research capacity, and provide more equitable access to science knowledge and scientific careers. Prior to her work with CienciaPR, Dr. Guerrero-Medina was Head of Science Policy at the Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) in Grand Rapids, MI, where she helped establish new research programs and developed policies to better support the institute and its faculty. Before joining VARI, she was a health policy analyst at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reporting progress understanding and treating neurological disease and performing strategic planning and evaluation of large neuroscience research and training programs. She was a 2006-2008 Emerging Leader with the Department of Health and Human Services and a 2006 Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy fellow at the National Academies. Dr. Guerrero-Medina has a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.
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