Staff Spotlight – Bessy Varela
Bessy Varela joined the Biological Sciences School 12 years ago. In her role as Department Administrator for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, she manages the administrative and financial functions that support the research and teaching activities in the department. When asked how she felt about working at the Biological Sciences School, Bessy replied, “It’s been great! I’ve learned a lot and have met and worked with some wonderful individuals along the way.” Bessy looks forward to her continued work as administrator for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry.
Bessy served as the Senior Administrative Analyst responsible for contract and grant proposal submissions and assistant to the Chair for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry before she accepted the position as department administrator. Before arrival at the Biological Sciences School, Bessy was an Administrative Assistant at UC Santa Barbara, where she received her bachelor’s degree. In addition to her bachelor’s degree, Bessy has an MBA from University of Phoenix.