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Associate Professor
Areas of Interest: Microfluidics, nanoparticles, 3D bioprinting, and remote sensing of microbial populations.
Fernando Ontiveros-Llamas
Certifications:

Apple Teacher

Education:

Ph.D., M.S., University of Rochester
B.S., National Autonomous University of Mexico

Teaching

PETLs are microfluidic devices built using laminating materials and a computer-guided craft cutter. Their robustness is comparable to standard PDMS/glass devices in many respects, yet their simplicity makes them ideal for use in a wide range of research laboratories and classrooms at the high school and college level.

PETLs are microfluidic devices built using laminating materials and a computer-guided craft cutter. Their robustness is comparable to standard PDMS/glass devices in many respects, yet their simplicity makes them ideal for use in a wide range of research laboratories and classrooms at the high school and college level.

  • BIOL 107 - Microbes & Disease
  • BIOL 199 - Philosophy of Science
  • BIOL 214 - Microbiology
  • BIOL 311 - Cell Biology
  • BIOL 330 - Advanced Cell Culture and Bioengineering
  • BIOL 357 - Nanobiology
  • BIOL 418 - Immunology

Research

Trained as an immunologist, Dr. Ontiveros is interested in a multidisciplinary approach that blends his expertise with concepts and tools from the fields of bioengineering, cell biology, microbiology, and remote sensing.

There are currently four lines of research in his laboratory:

  • Use of lipid-based nanoparticles to understand the molecular basis of inflammation and to explore novel ways in which drug delivery and vaccination can become more effective.
  • Building of a microbial flora database to enable the detection and prediction of bacterial populations in bodies of fresh water using satellite imagery.
  • Development of a low cost approach to 3D printing of biocompatible hydrogel scaffolds for tissue and organ construction.
  • Educational and research uses of film-based ultra thin microfluidic devices (PETLs) developed in the laboratory.

Dr. Ontiveros' Recent Publications

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