Daren R. Ginete is a trained microbiologist with background in infectious diseases, educational content development, and science advising. Daren joined the Alliance in 2019 as an infectious disease fellow and now serves as a civic science fellow. As a part of this role, he helps lead the Alliance’s shared interest group on diversity, equity, and inclusion within science philanthropy.
Over the years, Daren performed fundamental science research on mechanisms that drive infectious diseases, including how natural toxin reservoirs impact animal biodiversity and evolution. Before that, he worked in healthcare where he learned how human interactions and cultural attitudes influence prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
Daren has also created diverse educational programs for science communication, including his role as an editor for the Alliance’s series about the importance of basic research for the COVID-19 pandemic response (covid19prequels.com). In the past, he has also produced video tutorials on bioinformatic tools that have generated high viewership and positive responses among researchers and educators.
Daren received his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in biology from the University of San Diego.