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Josť Avalos

Josť L. Avalos

Assistant Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

B.S.E., Chemical Engineering / Biotechnology, Universidad Iberoamericana. Mexico City, Mexico, 1996
M.Sc., Biochemical Research, Imperial College, University of London. London, UK, 1998
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine 2004

Room: Hoyt Laboratory

Honors and Awards

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), 2012-Present
  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship, 2005-2008
  • Merck Fellowship of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundations, 2005-2008

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment


Research Areas

Research Interests

My goal is to establish a laboratory of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, in which we engineer organisms with new desirable traits of medical, industrial and environmental interest. I will achieve these goals by integrating disciplines from synthetic biology, biochemistry and biophysics, including structural biology, to develop a two-pronged approach. On one hand, I will engineer cells forging established methods with new technologies developed in my lab. On the other, I will address fundamental questions of protein structure and function, cellular physiology, and metabolism that either currently limit our efforts in cellular engineering, or that offer opportunities for new technologies. These two facets of my lab will complement and fuel each other, as technology development gives rise to new fundamental questions, and basic research opens avenues for new technologies.