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Two Yale Faculty Named Among 100 Most Inspiring Hispanic/Latinx Scientists

Cell Mentor, an online professional resource for scientists created by Cell Press, just named two faculty at Yale among the 100 most inspiring Hispanic/Latinx scientists.


As part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, a committee of scientific advisors selected Drs. Daniel Colón-Ramos and Enrique De La Cruz, based on scholarly achievements, mentoring excellence, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). They have each successfully created labs to investigate questions in biology today.

Colón-Ramos is Puerto Rican, and was the recipient of the 2018 National Institutes of Health Pioneer Award, the 2018 Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Early Career Award, and the Sloan Research Fellowship.

De La Cruz is a first-generation Cuban-American, and has received many awards as well, including the Emily M. Gray Teaching Award from the Biophysical Society for “promotion of diversity in science and education and tireless efforts as an inspiring ambassador of biophysics.”

Cell Mentor announced the awards and wrote: “Our aim in assembling these names is to put an end to the harmful myth that there are not enough diverse scientists to give seminars, serve as panelists, or fill scientific positions. We highlight scientists encompassing careers within academia, government, and biotech and showcase individuals committed to serving diverse student populations at Hispanic-serving institutions.”

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