Women in STEMM (science, tech, engineering, math and medicine) are rocking it in the world today, doing excellent but often under-promoted work. We want more people to know about these women and their work, including girls who might dream of careers in STEMM fields! We’ve partnered with 500 Women Scientists to feature women and gender diverse folks from their Gage search platform in a unique Lifeology card series, which we’ve now updated for October here!
Continue reading to learn more about this month’s featured woman!
Ana Maria Porras is featured in our Gage Scientists Who Inspire deck. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida. She is also a member of the Gage search platform.
As a biomedical engineer, Dr. Porras builds models of diseased tissues in the lab to study interactions between humans and microbes. Her main interests are the human microbiome, infectious disease, and global health. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, co-founding LatinxinBME, a community aiming to promote diversity in STEM by supporting Latinx biomedical engineering researchers.
On social media, Dr. Porras teaches about microbiology using crocheted microbes designed by her—just one of the many ways Dr. Porras shows her interest for science art and science communication. She is an advocate for multilingual science communication.
“My favorite thing is getting to mix everything I love all in one job—research, global health, art, communicating, teaching, and mentoring!” -Dr. Porras