Mariel Vazquez
Published March 14, 2016
Updated October 1, 2021

Mariel Vazquez is a professor of mathematics and of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of California, Davis. She is faculty director of the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science.

Vazquez’s research lies at the intersection of mathematics, polymer physics and molecular biology. She studies the topology of DNA (how DNA strands are looped and knotted) and chromosomal aberrations and cancer.

Headshot of a Latin American woman with curly, light brown, shoulder length hair smiles at the camera. She is wearing a brown, teardrop-shaped pendant necklace and a black longsleeve shirt.

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: DNA topology, chromosomal causes of cancer, mathematics, polymer physics, diversity in STEM

Location: Davis, Calif.

Phone: (530) 754-0383


Heard on ‘The Shape of DNA- Numberphile’

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