Dr. Cherie Ramirez is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health with a joint appointment as Curriculum Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Her focus is primarily on priorities in the arena of education, including the development and implementation of a strategy to build a cadre of teaching fellows for global health courses (and courses relevant to global health), inclusive of teaching workshops in partnership with the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, teaching tools that can be shared across classes at Harvard, and a common set of resources that could be available and accessible as educational public goods. Her interest in and passion for excellence in education is longstanding; recent formative activities include her service as a graduate student member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Standing Committee on Pedagogical Improvement and her experiences as a teaching fellow for “Life Sciences 1b: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution” and “Societies of the World 24: Global Health Challenges: Complexities of Evidence-based Policy.”
She completed her PhD in experimental pathology through the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard University in 2012, making several notable contributions to the field of genome engineering. She was awarded predoctoral fellowships from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and was chosen to serve as a Commencement Marshal in recognition of her outstanding service to the Harvard community. She holds an Associate in Arts degree from Valencia College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical studies and biochemistry/molecular biology from Rollins College, graduating with highest honors from both institutions. Among her distinctions, she was an American Chemical Society Scholar and a two-time winner of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Dr. Ramirez has found her experiences living in Mexico, Spain, and Belgium and traveling extensively within the United States and abroad to be among her most enriching catalysts for learning and inspiration.