Student Highlights: John Ramirez


Class:  Graduate Student

Major:  Molecular & Cellular Life Sciences

John Ramirez is from Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended Del Mar College and Texas A&M University – College Station for his undergraduate education. He later attended Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi for his master’s degree.

After graduating, John worked at Del Mar College as a teaching assistant for biology and biotechnology classes. In 2020, he began his PhD education in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences at the University of Wyoming and joined Dr. Thomas Boothby’s lab in May of 2021.


John is interested in the interplay of biology, chemistry, and physics and how that can guide new discoveries. Specifically, John works in the field of desiccation tolerance. This field explores how some organisms can survive despite losing nearly all their water. John has examined many different model organisms such as tardigrades, nematodes, plants, and even yeast to discover how these organisms can survive near total loss of water.


Every year, we award fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students attending the University of Wyoming or one of Wyoming’s community colleges in order to provide them with the opportunity to do “real” research. Occasionally, we feature one of these students and their research on this blog. For more information about our student fellowships, visit our College Programs page.