Maria I. Ramirez, Ph.D.

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Maria Ramirez, PhD, born and raised in Argentina, received her PhD degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She trained in molecular and cell biology as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Massachusetts-Medical Center and in lung biology at Boston University. Dr. Ramirez became a Faculty Member at Boston University School of Medicine in 1998 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Ramirez serves as the liaison between the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Graduate Medical Sciences Program fostering diversity and cultural competence among PhD, MD/PhD, PA and MA/MS students, faculty, and staff. She is the Director of the STaRS@BU, a summer training program that immerses undergraduate and early career medical students that are under-represented in the science and health fields into biomedical research.

Her research is focused in genetic and epigenetic mechanisms of gene regulation that control lung development and epithelial cell differentiation and their alterations in lung disease. Her laboratory has been supported by a Parker B. Francis Fellowship and by grants from the National Institute of Health. She has published more than thirty peer-reviewed publications in the field and has served in the American Heart Association, the National Institute of Health, and the Wellcome Trust research study sections.

Dr. Ramirez shares the common goals of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs to make Boston University Medical Campus an open and inclusive environment and to enrich our student and faculty bodies by including individuals of varied backgrounds and perspectives.