Dr. Marina Ramirez-Alvarado is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Dr. Ramirez-Alvarado received a B.S. with Honors (1992) in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Biotechnology (1994) from the National and Autonomous University of Mexico. She received a PhD in Biology (Protein Design) from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory/Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany. She did postdoctoral research in protein misfolding at Yale University (2002).

Dr. Ramirez-Alvarado is interested in the biochemical and biophysical determinants of amyloid formation, in particular, in light chain amyloidosis a rare and neglected misfolding disease.  Dr. Ramirez-Alvarado is passionate about effective mentoring for the next generation of scientists, in particular underrepresented minorities. She is currently the chair of the committee of inclusion and diversity of the Biophysical Society, member of the committee for professional opportunities for women of the Biophysical Society, senior representative of the council of faculties and academic societies of the American Association of Medical Colleges. She participated as a faculty coach in the academy for future science faculty project. She is the faculty advisor for the newly founded SACNAS chapter at Mayo Clinic.