For infectious illness researcher María Soledad Ramírez, her final objective is to contribute to the combat in opposition to drug resistance.

A local of Buenos Aires with expertise in molecular microbiology and scientific analysis, Ramírez got here to Cal State Fullerton in fall 2014. Since, she has established an lively and groundbreaking antibiotic-resistance analysis program that entails undergraduate and graduate college students at each step. 

With antibiotic-resistant micro organism inflicting hundreds of thousands of infections and 1000’s of deaths annually, her work focuses on one bacterium of specific concern: Acinetobacter baumannii. It is without doubt one of the strongest and lethal bacterial pathogens and onerous to eradicate in folks with weakened immune techniques and in hospital settings

“The discovery of new treatments is critical to combat infections caused by untreatable pathogens,” stated Ramírez, affiliate professor of organic science. “In addition, understanding how this pathogen behaves under different environments, such as hospital settings, will result in novel approaches to control the development of antibiotic resistance in A. baumannii.”

To take care of the drug resistance disaster, Ramírez’s lab focuses on the research of antibiotic resistance — the dissemination and evolution, and affect on the morbidity and mortality of bacterial infections.

Because her productiveness and keenness for science is unparalleled and her analysis notable among the many worldwide scientific neighborhood, Ramírez has been chosen as this 12 months’s recipient of the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award. CSUF President Fram Virjee introduced her choice at at this time’s (April 8) digital Academic Senate assembly.

Virjee recounted how Ramírez is remodeling the lives of her college students, together with Jennifer S. Fernandez ’19 (M.S. biology), who wrote a letter in help of her school mentor.

“When I joined Dr. Ramírez’s lab, I did not have research experience, but I quickly learned that it meant nothing to my new mentor. She knew that she was capable of molding me into the researcher that I never believed I could become,” Fernandez relayed, including that as a first-generation school pupil, she was ready to excel in science due to her mentorship.

“Can you get a better testimony than that?” Virjee stated, including that Ramírez, by her work, is “quite literally saving lives with her scholarship, creativity and research.”

The award is offered to a school member annually for his or her excellence in analysis and scholarly actions and dedication to the tutorial mission of the college. The award’s namesake served as Cal State Fullerton’s second president from 1970-80.

“Dr. Ramírez has been a very productive faculty member, but more importantly a role model for students and faculty alike on how to expand the horizons of one’s laboratory while contributing strongly to the development of students, her field and the university,” stated Marcelo Tolmasky, professor of organic science and a recipient of CSUF’s Outstanding Professor Award and  L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award.

Tolmasky, who nominated her for the award, and Ramírez have been longtime collaborators. He first labored along with her first when she was a visiting graduate pupil in his laboratory, then as a postdoctoral fellow mentor, and now as a colleague.

Current and former college students, school and collaborators within the U.S. and from laboratories internationally — in Argentina and Germany — additionally lauded the internationally-recognized scientist and submitted letters of help.

“As a scientist, Dr. Ramírez has made significant contributions to our understanding of bacterial antibiotic resistance; a research field with direct implications for human health. As an educator, she has served as a role model for what excellence in scholarship looks like, and in doing so, has impacted and inspired hundreds of students at CSUF and beyond,” wrote Merri Lynn Casem, chair and professor of organic science.

A Passion for Research and Teaching

In her instructing, Ramírez encourages vital considering, dialogue and reflection, famous Marie Johnson, dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

“Dr. Ramírez is an ideal mentor as she embodies what it means to be a teacher-scholar,” Johnson added. “Her passion for research, ability to mentor and develop student researchers, success securing extramural funding, and contributions to original science are exemplary. She is to be commended for her many accomplishments.”

Ramírez encourages her college students to work collectively to make important contributions to the sector of infectious diseases. Her college students current their work at regional, nationwide and worldwide conferences and have gained awards in analysis competitions. Many college students she has mentored have pursued graduate levels or began careers at biotechnology corporations. 

To date, she has co-authored greater than 100 major literature articles, two e book chapters, and has revamped 120 displays at scientific conferences. Her printed work consists of 62 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals, of which 46 have CSUF college students as co-authors. 

Her analysis program has been funded by various nationwide and worldwide granting companies, such because the National Institutes of Health, the German Academic Exchange Service, the National Council of Research of Argentina and the Secretary of Science and Technology in Argentina. Ramírez is a member of the editorial board of the journals Frontiers in Microbiology, Scientific Reports and Antibiotics. 

Ramírez has obtained accolades for her work, together with a 2011 Fulbright CONICET Research Fellowship, the 2012 ICAAC Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Microbiology, the school’s 2018 Outstanding Research Award, and the 2018 Titan on the Rise Research Award from CSUF’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. She earned a doctorate in microbiology and a grasp’s diploma in biochemistry  from the University of Buenos Aires.


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