Ph.D. – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
M.S. – University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, SPAIN
B.Sc. – Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, SPAIN
I graduated from the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain with a M.S. in Organic Chemistry. Afterwards, I worked two years for a Biotechnology company in Bilbao, Spain. In 2010, I joined the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Kansas State University to pursue my Ph.D. degree. My first postdoctoral experience was also at Kansas State University, in Dr. Gerald Reek’s laboratory. Then, in 2015, I joined Dr. Easley’s laboratory at Auburn University for a second postdoctoral experience before starting my tenure-track in Biological Sciences.
Sydney joined Dr. Avila to assist in the advancement and development of her nano-particle research. Sydney provides the required technical support to enable the laboratory to function effectively. She's from Washington, D.C. and is studying molecular biology.
Nitish Kunte, M.S.
Current Project: Branched Amphiphilic Peptide Capsules (BAPCs) as a Delivery System for mRNA vaccines
Why he joined the lab?: Masters dissertation projects introduced me to the field of nanotechnology. This elevated my passion for nanomedicine and inspired me to work on non-toxic biomaterials for gene delivery.
Favorite cell type: Stem cells
Hobbies: Traveling, Food, Music and Movies
Current Project: TBA
Why she joined the lab?: I want pursue a career in pharmaceutical research . The Avila-Flores Research Group will provide the opportunity to be part of projects dealing with drug delivery.
Favorite cell type: Paramecium
Hobbies: "Do It Yourself" Projects and Cooking
Biochemistry Major (Senior)
Current Project: Design and characterization of novel functional Peptides for therapeutic DNA delivery.
Why she joined the lab?: I decided to join this lab because it seemed like the perfect interface of biology and chemistry.
Favorite cell type: Neurons
Hobbies: Baking, Reading, Horseback Riding, and Playing the Ukulele.
Biomedical Sciences Major (Senior)
Current Project: BAPC-mRNA stimulated melanogenesis and cellular uptake mechanisms and intracellular trafficking of BAPCs-DNA complexes. theoreticananoparticle localization within in vitro cells.
Why he joined the lab?: I was intrigued by Dr. Avila-Flores projects involving transfection with peptide nano-particles. Also, I wanted to learn about the benefits of nanomedicine.
Favorite cell type: Neutrophils
Hobbies: Drumming, Basketball, Drawing, Snowboarding, Relaxing at the Lake
Previous Lab Members
Jess Choi, lab technician 2017. Now Ph.D. candidate at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.