Martina Giselle Ramirez is Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Professor of Biology at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. She previously served as Biology Department Chair (2006-2007); Director of Undergraduate Research (2014-2015); Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology-Enhanced Learning (2015-2018); and Co-Director of the McNair Scholars Program (2017-2018). Dr. Ramirez received her B.S. in biology from LMU in 1981, and her Ph.D. in biology from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1990. Prior to LMU, Dr. Ramirez was a professor at Pomona College, CA (1991-1993); Bucknell University, PA (1993-1996); Denison University, OH (1996-1998); and East Stroudsburg University, PA (1998-1999). Dr. Ramirez received the Rudinica Award for Student-Faculty Research from LMU’s Seaver College of Science and Engineering (2012); a Biology Mentor Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (2013); and an LGBTQ+ Mentor Award from LMU’s LGBT Student Services Office (2016).