Carlos G. Gutiérrez| Spotlight

Carlos Gutiérrez working beside a student.

CSULA chemistry professor among
L.A.’s 40 ‘most influential’ Hispanics

Carlos G. Gutiérrez—a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Cal State L.A. since 1976—was recently listed as one of “The Los Angeles Top 40” in the Hispanic Business 100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics for 2008.

A nationally recognized specialist in science education for underrepresented students, Gutiérrez directs Cal State L.A.’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Minority Access to Research Careers and Minority Biomedical Research Support programs. He is also faculty coordinator and mentor for its Beckman Scholars program.

According to the Hispanic Business magazine, “Our list of Influentials encompasses all parts of the nation… However, it is becoming increasingly apparent that California, and Los Angeles in particular, has emerged as the center of U.S. Hispanic economic and political clout. … More than half of our choices came from California, with 40 influential Hispanics chosen from Los Angeles alone.”

Gutiérrez, whose Ph.D. is from UC Davis, has served on the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Council, and he is a member of the National Research Council Board on Higher Education Workforce and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Committee on Opportunities in Science.

Gutiérrez has mentored more than 200 Cal State L.A. students through NIH- and National Science Foundation-sponsored programs. His research incorporates organic, inorganic and biological chemistry as it focuses on the molecular processes of iron acquisition and transport in bacteria. He has published numerous articles with student coauthors.

"It is a huge honor to be listed as one the nation’s 100 most influential Hispanic Americans. Of special note is that 40 of the individuals listed are from Los Angeles, an indicator of the deep pools of talent in Southern California. Our Cal State L.A. students are talented and creative, and they represent the diversity of the region. We have the opportunity and responsibility to develop the next generation of leaders for Los Angeles, for California, and for the nation." – Carlos Gutiérrez