Andres earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Colorado State University, where he worked in the lab of Santiago Di Pietro characterizing novel regulators of clathrin-mediated endocytosis in yeast. During this time, he also participated in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Washington’s Department of Genome Sciences, where he worked in the lab of Stan Fields to develop a screening assay to identify novel dominant negative peptide inhibitors. Andres fell in love with Seattle over that summer, so after graduating, he decided to return and join the MCB graduate program at UW. His biochemistry and immunology courses at CSU had given him an appreciation for structural biology in the context of disease, and so Andres joined the Campbell lab at the Fred Hutch, where he is broadly interested in the role that integrins and other membrane proteins play as attachment factors for pathogenic viruses.
Outside of the lab, Andres is an amateur musician, occasionally playing saxophone at jam sessions and with bands around the city. He also likes to play video games in his spare time (mostly Nintendo ones – currently struggling with Breath of the Wild). Andres is also perpetually in love with fried food and is always down to find the greasiest, tastiest places to eat in Seattle.