Lydia Villa-Komaroff, PhD is a molecular biologist whose research on recombinant DNA uncovered a way to use bacteria cells to make insulin. She is only the third Mexican American woman in the United States to receive a doctorate in science. Initially a chemistry major, she switched majors to biology after an advisor told her that “women do not belong in chemistry.” While Dr. Villa-Komaroff was a graduate student at MIT, she became a founding member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

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