Frank A. Gomez - Councilmember
Frank A. Gomez, Ph.D. was born in San Gabriel in 1964 and moved with his family to Montebello from South El Monte in 1974. He attended La Merced Intermediate School and Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI). He received his B.S. (1986) in Chemistry with departmental honors from Cal State LA and his Ph.D. (1991) in Chemistry from UCLA. From 1991-1994 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry at Harvard University. Councilman Gomez is Professor of Chemistry at Cal State LA. His research interests include the development of microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip" devices. Since 1994 he has received over $13 million dollars in research funding and has published over 90 technical articles and two books on his research. Since 1994, he and his students have presented over 160 scientific research papers at professional meetings and conferences. He actively teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses including general chemistry and inorganic chemistry, and lectures in bioinorganic chemistry, biochemistry and bioanalytical chemistry. Other than residing in Boston from 1991-1994, he has lived continuously in Montebello since 1974.
Councilman Gomez sat on the board of directors and was secretary of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) from 1997-2003. In 2003 he received the Undergraduate Institution Mentor Award from SACNAS. In 1993 he received the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Conference (HENAAC) Most Aspiring Scientist Award. He has served on a number of federal agency review panels. He is strongly committed to research and science education having served on a number of community and university educational policy and scholarship committees. Councilman Gomez was a member of the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) Board of Education from 1997-2001 and was named Democrat of the Year for the 58th Assembly District in 2002. In 1998 he received the Outstanding Young Educator Award from the California Jaycees. In 2007 he received the CSUPERB Biotechnology Faculty Research Award. He currently serves on the DBTI Board of Trustees.
He is the proud parent of Frank and Nicholas.