Daren R. Ginete joined the Science Philanthropy Alliance in November 2020 as the Infectious Disease fellow, funded by the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative. Prior to joining the Alliance, Daren performed basic scientific research for 9 years on mechanisms that drive infectious diseases and how natural reservoirs of molecular factors that cause infectious diseases can impact animal biodiversity and evolution. Before that, Daren worked in healthcare for 6 years where he learned how medical professional-patient interactions and cultural attitudes can influence prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.
Over the years, Daren also developed diverse educational programs for scientific outreach. He produced video tutorials for researchers and educators on DNA analysis tools that have generated over 20,000 views and 1,200 hours of watch time on YouTube. He also organized more than 15 conferences and workshops aimed to engage various groups such as the âAfterschool Microfluidics Programâ where high school students learned the scientific method using microfluidics and âTeach me How toâ workshops where underrepresented graduate students learned research and life skills while strengthening their sense of community.
As an Alliance team member, Daren is excited to use his background in infectious diseases and science communication to provide advising work and increase philanthropic support for basic scientific research. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.A. in Biology from University of San Diego.