PoSSUM 13 Ambassador, STEM Coordinator
Polar Suborbital Science in the Upper Mesosphere Scientist-Astronaut Class 1902, Dr. Aidyl Gonzalez-Serricchio, earned her Doctorate in Molecular Genetics at California Institute of Technology, then continued her post-doctoral work on myotonic dystrophy at the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the University of California. Dr. Gonzalez later became a co-principal investigator on sperm motility and mitochondrial defects using roundworms as the investigative tool and lecturer. An accident leads her to research pain regulation and nociceptive receptors at the California Institute of Technology using zebrafish as her investigative tool.
Dr. Gonzalez continued her science career, mentoring high school and middle school students. She also helps families with different learners through a non-profit organization she co-founded and co-directs called the GoLD Initiative (Gift over Learning Differences Initiative). The foundation's mission is to provide an extensive, holistic educational experience to school-age students by delivering the most entertaining, engaging, fast-moving, and creative aspects of STEAM education through project-based learning for solving real-world science and engineering problems. Dr. Gonzalez was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York, and is a wife, a mother, a researcher, an educator, an amateur magician, and Solar System Ambassador. She currently works at the Buckley School as a Science Educator as well as the STEAM director (K-12th), and Science Department co-Chair (6-12th). In 2017, Dr. Gonzalez won Science Teacher of the Year at the California Science Fair and an award from Latino Thought Makers: Women Who Rule. In 2017, she was interviewed by award-winning comedian and television writer Rick Najera for his podcast show Latino Thought Makers. In October of 2018, she was featured on Ventura Blvd's online magazine: Women We Love. In 2018, Dr. Gonzalez presented at the Research Teachers Conference sponsored by Regeneron in Washington D.C. titled, "STEAM Funding for the iGen's New Science Curriculum: Applied Science Research." In October of 2019 at the Research Teachers Conference, Dr. Gonzalez was selected as a Research Teacher Captain to oversee, and a resource to a cohort of seven teachers as well as a present on scientific research in secondary education. In 2020, Dr. Gonzalez is recognized by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Los Angeles Educator for Aspirations in Computing.