Gabriella Guitierrez, ’20

Gabriela is a UCLA graduate with a major in Human Biology and Society with a minor in Biomedical Research. During her time at UCLA, Gabriela involved herself in organizations that combined her passions for healthcare and education. She was a Site Coordinator and the Finance Chair for the Together Educating and Advocating Community Health (TEACH) program, which provides after school mentorship and health education to at-risk youth in Venice. She is a Learning Assistant for the Life Sciences Core Department where she tutored peers in a course on human physiology, and she also works as a private tutor for local high school students. She also explored opportunities in business and product management when she interned at BUENA, a technology start-up in Culver City, CA and worked as the Manager of Career Development for Bruin Women in Business. Her minor in Biomedical Research prompted her to start her own project on C. elegans in the McEvoy Lab, where she is exploring how environmental toxicity impacts fertility. She is currently applying to MD programs that begin in Fall 2021. During her gap year, Gabriela is working as a TA at UCLA, researching and writing about Covid-19, (hopefully) traveling, and will take courses to further her understanding of herbal and integrative medicine.

To Gabriela, the Norma J. Ehrlich Scholarship not only provides financial assistance, but more importantly an inspiring group of mentors and friends. She is very proud to call herself an Ehrlich Scholar and feels very lucky to have been given this opportunity.