Amanda Paz Herrera

Amanda Paz Herrera

Honors Instructor

387 McReynolds Hall



Amanda Paz Herrera was born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. She earned a double major in Chemistry and Biology (Cell and Molecular Biology track) at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas. Amanda combined her passions for Chemistry and Biology by pursuing a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. Her research focused on biochemical and structural techniques, such as Cryo-Electron Microscopy, to study host: viral interactions in HIV-1. Amanda’s desire to help train the next generation of scientists, led her to join the Honors College as an instructor after completing her degree. Amanda is currently teaching GN_HON 2452H: “Introduction to STEM Research.” She has previously taught in the Biochemistry Department. Her goal is to help her students develop critical thinking skills, uncover their potential, and fuel their thirst for knowledge! Besides teaching, Amanda loves cooking, learning new languages, and spending time with her husband, David Estrada, and her son, Santiago.