When Ramirez was a child, his family moved from northern California to rural Mexico. He did not attend high school. After 4 years of working on the family ranch, Ramirez returned to the USA to resume his education. With perseverance and encouraging mentors, he obtained his GED, his Bachelor's degree, and ultimately a PhD degree. Ramirez demonstrates that you can become a successful scientist even if the path is neither easy nor direct.
About the speaker: Robert Ramirez recently became Associate Dean of Science and Engineering at San Francisco State University where he enjoys interacting with a diverse group of colleagues and students. He is also Professor of Cellular and Molecular Biology and his lab studies novel responses to osmotic stress in yeast.