Marcelo Vinces

  • Consultant to CLEAR


  • PhD, Molecular Microbiology, Tufts University, 2005
  • Dissertation: Studies on the expression and activity of Czf1p, a regulator of morphogenesis in Candida albicans.
  • Advisor: Carol Kumamoto
  • BA, biology, Cornell University, 1996


Marcelo Vinces works at Northwestern University as a Weinberg College advisor and assistant professor of instruction in biology. He joined Northwestern in 2018.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University, and a doctorate in molecular microbiology from Tufts University. He completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard University and KU Leuven in Belgium, followed by an American Association for the Advancement of Science & Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Science Foundation.

Previous to Northwestern, Vinces worked at Oberlin College, where he served as the founding director of the Center for Learning, Education and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR). He returned in fall 2020 to serve as a consultant.

His research training is in the molecular biology of fungi and evolution of gene expression. In addition, he has pursued varied interests related to STEM education including teaching and assessing quantitative reasoning skills, science-related community outreach, broadening participation of historically underrepresented racial groups, and public policy related to science.

He is an active member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS). Besides science research and education, he loves learning world languages, enjoying conversation in Spanish, French, German, Dutch, and learning more when he can (including a Quechua course at Oberlin).

Vinces born in Ecuador, grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in Chicago.


An Eye-Opening Experience

December 12, 2014

A team of Oberlin students attended the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, with several taking home awards for their presentations.