Andrés D. Rivera Ruiz

PIBS Graduate Student
Rackham Merit Fellow


I graduated in 2021 from Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus in Puerto Rico with a B.S. in Chemistry. During my undergraduate studies, I worked on an electrochemistry research project at my home institution, where we studied how to implement platinum nanoparticles in the ammonia oxidation reaction to cleanly produce hydrogen. Additonally, I participated in two summer internships: in 2019 at Michigan State University, where I studied the relationship between the AhR (aryl hydrocarbon receptor), TSPO (translocator protein) and the electron transport chain in the mitochondrial function of mouse lung epithelial cells, and in 2020 (virtually) at Rutgers University, where I studied the effect of maternal nanoplastic exposure on rat fetal development.

Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the relationship between the human microbiome (especially, the gut microbiome) and the immune system, the utilization of organoid models and other aspects of the immune system.

Hobbies and Extracurricular Activities

I enjoy learning languages, reading, learning about world history/politics, listening to music and watching/playing tennis.