About Andrew Flores

Andrew Flores graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Riverside where he received the NSF undergraduate research grant Mentoring Year-round in Biological Engineering, Science and Technology (MY-BEST). After graduating, he continued on to Arizona State University as a recipient of the NSF Integrative Graduate Education Research Traineeship- Solar Utilization Network (IGERT-SUN) fellowship. He has earned a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Arizona State University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. David Nielsen and Dr. Xuan Wang’s Lab. His research efforts have focused on engineering and exploring the dynamic behaviors of synthetic microbial consortia as an enhanced bioproduction platform for renewable fuels and chemicals from model lignocellulose-derived sugar mixtures. He is an advocate for diversity and minorities in science and gives back to society through participating in local community outreach events and mentorship of undergraduate research.

Andrew Flores

About Floricel Gonzalez

Floricel Gonzalez is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Tech in the Biological Sciences department. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Washington State University where she discovered her love for viruses. During her graduate work she has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. Her research investigates how bacterial viruses (phages) recognize and infect their hosts and on the discovery of phage proteins that can be used as bactericidal agents. She also founded the VT Bacteriophage Club, a group dedicated to the study of phages via scientific journal discussions and a hands-on phage discovery project.

Floricel Gonzalez

Diversity Travel Awardees

2018 – Vanessa Nepomuceno
2018 – Michelle Olson
2017 – Allison Werner
2017 – Amanda Williams-Rhaesa
2016 – Travis Korosh
2016 – Elena Vinay Lara