Paula Gutierrez

Paula Gutierrez

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Biology
ST 2234


  • Graduate - Master of Science, August 2012 | UT Permian Basin | Major: Biology
    • Thesis: Methods for Improving Hemoglobin Production in a Bioreactor using Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) containing Modified Human Hemoglobin Genes and the Plesiomonas shigelloides Heme Transport System
  • Undergraduate - Bachelor of Science, May 2010 | UT Permian Basin | Major: Biology Minor: Chemistry

 Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, UTPB (2020-present) Supervise, teach, and coordinate General Biology and Introductory Microbiology labs. Teach Human Anatomy and Introductory Microbiology Lectures.
  • Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor, UTPB (2017-2020) Taught General Biology I and II Labs, Introductory Microbiology Lecture and Labs, Human Anatomy Labs.
  • Research Aide, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Permian Basin Campus. (2019-2020) Identification of lactobacillus species within the vaginal milieu and analysis of beneficial biofilm properties. Consulted medical students to develop independent research projects. Manuscript writing and editing.
  • Research Assistant, UTPB (2012-2013) Analyzed various strains of E. coli to compare hemoglobin production levels.
  • Graduate Research Assistant (2010-2012) Performed experiments to Improve hemoglobin production in a bioreactor by changing parameters such as temperature and nutrient levels and increasing induction time. Analyze protein production via Western blot analysis and spectrophotometry.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Graduate Student- academic year 2012-2013
  • First Place, LSAMP Summer Research Academy, oral presentation competition, Austin, TX - September 2009
  • LSAMP UT Permian Basin campus representative at the World Science Forum, Budapest, Hungary- November 2009
  • Outstanding Research Award, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Permian Basin 2020


Garza J, Gandhi K, Gutierrez P, Okoye O, Sanchez A, & Ventolini G. (2021) Provoked Vulvodynia: Type of Lactobacilli Retrieved. The Journal of Reproductive Medicine. 66 (5-6), 118-122.

Gutierrez P, Gandhi, K, Amakiri, N, Garza, J, & Ventolini, G. (2020) Vulvar lesion mimicking vitiligo: A case report. Case Reports in Women’s Health. E00234. 10.1016/j.crwh.2020.e00234

Gutierrez P, Garza J, Gandhi K, & Voice A, & Stout E, & Ventolini, G. (2020). Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser ablation treatment of a peri-urethral genital wart: A case report. Case Reports in Women's Health. 27. e00226. 10.1016/j.crwh.2020.e00226.

Gandhi, K., Gutierrez P, Garza J, Arispe R, Galloway M, & Ventolini G. (2020) Lactobacillus species and inflammatory cytokine profile in the vaginal milieu or pre-menopausal and post-menopausal women. Gynecological and Reproductive Endocrinology & Metabolism. Accepted for print May 14, 2020. GREM-D-20-00015

Gandhi K, Gutierrez P, Garza J, Gray-Wlazlo TJ, Meiser RJ, David S et al. (2020) Vaginal Lactobacillus species and inflammatory biomarkers in pregnancy. Minerva Ginecol 2020 May 13. DOI: 10.23736/S0026-4784.20.04566-9

Smith B, Gutierrez P, Guerrero E, Brewer C & Henderson D. (2012). Development of a Method to Produce Hemoglobin in a Bioreactor Culture of Escherichia coli BL21(DE3) Transformed with a Plasmid Containing Plesiomonas shigelloides Heme Transport Genes and Modified Human Hemoglobin Genes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78. 5471-5471. 10.1128/AEM.01516-12