Maria is a biohacker from the San Francisco Bay Area with a passion for open source science and community research projects. She is a Board Member, and now Executive Director at BioCurious. She is also a Board Member of Real Vegan Cheese, an open source project to create a synthetic cheese from genetically modified yeast. She recently become an adviser to the Latin American Network of Biohacker Spaces (SynTechBio). She has led two iGEM teams in 2014 and 2015 and is a member of multiple community research projects. She believes we can increase science literacy in local communities by expanding the number of community lab spaces globally.