Aspiring Human Biologist

Estrella Gutierrez is from Las Vegas, New Mexico and attends New Mexico Highlands University. Guitierrez is currently working with Michelle Graham, assistant professor in agronomy, and Jamie O’Rourke, plant pathology and microbiology adjunct professor, studying iron deficiency chlorosis in soybeans. Although Guitierrez sees herself working with human biology after graduating in 2018, she feels this experience will broaden her perspectives of science and teach her problem solving skills.

What is the most interesting part of the research?
“Each new procedure is exciting! Coming from a small school, I have limited access to research equipment, which is why I truly enjoy each new method and process.”

What advice do you have for someone who has a passion for science?
“Science is a diverse and versatile field, it’s truly amazing to study such a broad and challenging field. It is really fun too!”

Where do you hope to travel someday?
“France or England.”

What do you like most about Ames?
“I like how friendly everyone is! I also like how green it is here!”

Who is your role model and why?
“My role model would have to be my older bother, Daniel, because he has always been a great example. He graduated Cum Laude while playing a college sport as well.”