She earned a B.S. in Molecular Biology at UC Santa Cruz and worked on synthetic biology research at Harvard Medical School. Rachel's current research focuses on engineering bacteria for natural product synthesis, with different pretty color lights.
Additional interests of hers include: herb gardening, vintage shopping, practicing espanol, and continuously searching for local tea spots.
Jeremy D. Cortez
Jeremy is inspired by the genomic and structural diversity of the microbial world, particularly the many neat molecular tools we, as humans, can utilize in our own biotechnological and research adventures.
He received his B.S. from the University of Texas-Arlington, where he studied microbiology and investigated the molecular biology of non-LTR retrotransposons. After graduation, Jeremy worked in quality control as a food microbiology specialist, and later researched endometrial cancer in beautiful Dallas, TX at UT-Southwestern Medical Center. During his free time he enjoys playing his trumpet/cello, cooking, and foraging for microbes around the local environment.
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Lisset A. Duran Rosario
Lisset’s research involves understanding the molecular mechanisms that lead to resistance in different extremophiles.
She received her B.S from John Jay College at CUNY in molecular biology. There she studied DNA Methylation in Breast Cancer. She has also done summer internships at Brown University studying Acute Lung Injury and at National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants at Morocco studying the medicinal property of plants.
On her free time, she enjoys painting and taking videos of waterbears.
Sergio Garcia Echauri
Sergio's research focuses on synthetic biology for the production of recombinant proteins in cells and microorganisms such as microalgae. He is interested in understanding mechanisms that regulate transgene expression and applied sciences. In the Avalos Lab, Sergio has been establishing microalgae-based research and synthetic biology tools for the production of commodity chemicals and biofuels.
Sergio is originally from Ensenada, Mexico, He received his PhD in Engineering, with a specialization in biotechnology, from Instituto Tecnológico Y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
Chris works on developing new technologies to control engineered metabolisms in yeast at the protein level.
Therese (Tess) Kichuk
Tess is an MD/PhD student interested in mitochondrial dysfunction as a common feature of both metabolic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Her research applies metabolic engineering approaches to studies of cellular and organelle function.
Tess received a B.A. in biochemistry from Barnard College and attended Robert Wood Johnson Medical School prior to joining the Avalos Group. Outside of the lab, she enjoys performing and spending time with her family.
José Montaño López
José currently works on systems biology of yeast branched-chain alcohol production. He is originally from Mexico where he received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He likes hiking, watching soccer and eating authentic Mexican tacos.
Saurabh is a Singaporean chemical engineer with a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is interested in the intersection of computation and experiments in biology, and currently works on developing neural network models for metabolic engineering. He's most commonly found at a quaint little coffee shop or aimlessly wandering through the city. He is co-advised by Dr. Yannis Kevrekidis.
Mack is interested in designing controllable clustering systems in vivo to perturb cellular processes. He is co-advised by Dr. Cliff Brangwynne.
Outside of lab, he is interested in beer brewing, board games, hiking, and climbing.
Scott’s research interests involve genomic and protein engineering in the context of metabolic engineering, with a particular focus on the production of complex molecules from microorganisms. Scott received his bachelors from Arizona State University where he double majored in psychology and biochemistry. Following graduation, Scott worked as a research associate at UCSF, where he studied the molecular mechanisms of drugs of abuse focusing on rodent models of alcohol addiction.
Kevin is interested in engineering multiphase synthetic organelle systems. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Outside of lab, he likes fencing, skiing, and enjoying good food. He is co-advised by Dr. Cliff Brangwynne.