Teresa Ramirez

Teresa Ramirez

Teresa Ramirez

Power Words

Sigue tus sueños, Positividad, Enfócate, Ándale!
Follow Your Dreams, Stay Positive, Stay Focused, Get on Your Way!

Where were you born? 

Los Angeles, Southern California

What school did you attend? 

California State University, Dominguez Hills

What gained your interest in the NIH? 

When I was an undergraduate student at California State University, Dominguez Hills, we had a speaker that came from the NIH/National Cancer Institute and gave a talk on his cancer research project. I found his talk to be very interesting and I then told myself that one day I would be conducting research at the NIH and learning from the best top notch scientists.

What kind of work do you do at the NIH? 

At the NIH, I do alcohol research with a focus on alcoholic liver disease (ALD). ALD is one of the most prevalent forms of liver disease worldwide, often caused by excessive alcohol consumption. My lab is interested in studying how chronic ethanol consumption and aging play a role in ALD and how we can find ways to prevent further liver injury.

What message would you like to send to young Hispanics who are considering going to college? 

One advice that I would give to young Hispanics who will be attending college is to always follow your dreams, work hard, stay positive and always ask questions when you are uncertain about something. Also, never be embarrassed of your cultural background or even where you come from, embrace this and take it everywhere you go, like I have. I am a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in a tough area in Los Angeles, where I attended public schools and graduated. I am also the first in my family to have graduated from college and to have obtained a doctorate degree. During your educational journey, you might be faced with some challenges or negative people who might try to discourage you, but do not let these situations stop you. Try to stay focused and take the positive side from each situation. You are the only one that knows what you are capable of doing in life and as Dr. Seuss states in one of his book, "Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!"