Christina Fuentes is a Bioengineer with experience in gene and cell therapies. Her expertise includes synthesis and characterization of hydrogels for scalable, 3D culture of pluripotent stem cells, and in vivo genome editing using adeno-associated virus mediated delivery of CRISPR/Cas9. Christina has extensive experience in molecular cloning, viral production and purification, CRISPR/Cas9 design and application, and polymer synthesis. While earning her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley, Christina’s research led to one invited review, two research papers, and one patent.
During her doctoral work, Christina also gained industry experience through a summer internship in the Antibody Engineering Department at Genentech. She conducted and analyzed experiments related to phage display screens of antigen-binding fragments. While interning, Christina was awarded a position in the Genentech Leader Intern Exchange Program (gLINX) where she met with senior leaders at the company to gain deeper knowledge about successful strategies for managing and leading teams and projects in the biotechnology industry.
Christina received her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University where she also has had hands-on experience in device development. In her Senior Capstone project, Christina worked in a team to build a wireless respiratory monitor for continuous measurement of respiration and detection of respiratory distress. Within a year, the project was taken from the initial brainstorming stage to human subject testing with IRB approval.
Christina is passionate about working collaboratively to develop solutions to unique challenges in the Cell and Gene Therapy field.
- Fuentes CM, Schaffer DV (2019) Adeno-Associated Virus-Mediated Delivery of CRISPR-Cas9 for Genome Editing in The Central Nervous System. Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering. (invited review)
- Fuentes CM*, Ekerdt BL*, Lei Y, Adil MM, Ramasubramanian A, Segalman RA, Schaffer DV (2018) Thermoreversible Hyaluronic acid-PNIPAAm Hydrogel Systems for 3D Stem Cell Culture, Advanced Healthcare Materials
- Zelasko-Leon DC, Fuentes CM, Messersmith PB (2015) MUC1-Targeted Cancer Cell Photothermal Ablation Using Bioinspired Gold Nanorods. PLoSONE