I am Dominique (Mando) Ramirez, a Fort Collins based scientist, photographer, musician, and educator. I was born and raised in Fort Collins, and have lived in Colorado for 25 years. I am actively involved in scientific research, music performance, and educational outreach. Though I split my time for different obligations and responsibilities, they all act together to create the person I am today.


I have been a passionate scientist since high school. I graduated in 2016 from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in biochemistry. I have since been working with Dr. Dan Gustafson in the CU Cancer Center Pharmacology Shared Resource at the CSU Animal Cancer Center. My current project is to investigate CBD as a therapeutic agent in treating glioma and melanoma.

My research experience has led me to work with several top-tier scientists at CSU and other institutions. My past mentors/supervisors include: Drs. Robert Cohen and Tingting Yao (CSU, BMB); Dr. Joel Reid (Mayo Clinic, MPET); Dr. Luke Wittenburg (UC Davis); and Dr. Dan Gustafson (CSU, Clinical Sciences).

You can find my published papers and posters in the section titled “Published Science”.


My fascination with photography is the youngest of my hobbies/endeavors. I’ve held different types of cameras throughout my life, but I never really used a camera artistically until March of 2018. I was immediately hooked. I primarily shoot landscapes, but I am intrigued by a variety of different genres. My photography style is inspired by artists Ansel Adams, Max Rive, and Frank Gohlke. You can read more about my photography in the section titled “Artist Statement”.

I proudly shoot on a Nikon D750, Nikon FE, and Nikon F5. I really enjoy shooting film, and will continue to include it in my art. Though I only shoot small format now, I plan to expand into medium and large format film as I develop my skills as a photographer.


I have long been concerned with and passionate about education, both in music and STEM. I have taught both clarinet lessons and tutored human anatomy as a part of the Science Olympiad club at Blevins Middle School. I have been involved with Science Olympiad for several years and have matriculated from competitor (in junior high and high school) into an event supervisor for Colorado Science Olympiad. I recently served as the national event supervisor for the Division B Anatomy event for the 2018 Science Olympiad National Tournament which was held on the campus of Colorado State University.

I continue to participate with Colorado Science Olympiad as a commitment to STEM education in public schools. My involvement for the 2019-202 season will include event supervision of the Protein Modeling event, as well as assisting with administrative tasks on the Board of Directors.


My history with music is long and storied and began in sixth grade when I taught myself how to read music and play the clarinet. I have since studied with prominent clarinetists - including Cary Dodson, Wesley Ferreira, and Jana Starling, among others - and performed with local music organizations including the Loveland Choral Society, Greeley Chamber Orchestra, and the Fort Collins Wind Symphony. I made my debut solo performance in 2012 with the Greeley Chamber Orchestra as the Walter and Virginia Charles Concerto Competition finalist, performing Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet, K. 622. In 2014, I performed with the clarinet quartet Quartet Atrevido at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Baton Rouge, LA, where we performed Beatriz Lockhart’s Estampas Criollas.

I am currently performing regularly with the Fort Collins Wind Symphony and served as a member of its Board of Directors as the Social Media Manager. Though I currently have no regular students, I have taught privately and am still an active pedagogue in the Northern Colorado community. I play on Buffet-Crampon clarinets (Bb Festival, A R13), Vandoren 56 Rue Lepic reeds, a Clark Fobes mouthpiece, and a Rovner Versa ligature.