Maria Chavez is a biohacker from the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a board member at BioCurious, one of the first biohacking labs in North America, where she has organized events, classes, and community projects. She is also a board member of Real Vegan Cheese, an open-source project to create a synthetic cheese from genetically modified yeast. She recently became an advisor to the Latin American Network of Biohacker Spaces. She aspires to push open-source science and the creation of more biohacking spaces to democratize science globally.