As a child, Angelo Andres was inspired to pursue science by the influence of shows such as Bill Nye the Science Guy and The Magic School Bus. This impact led to his motivation to use science to make a difference in the world. After completing high school, his passion for the health sciences led him to join the U.S. Army Reserve Public Health Corps. In 2011, his military service brought him to Afghanistan, where he worked to contain and prevent the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis. Due to his meritorious service, Angelo was awarded various medals including the Army Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Upon his return to the United States, Andres struggled to transition back into civilian life but in so doing he rediscovered his passion for science. While balancing being a full-time student with a full-time job, and serving in the military, he pursued research with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Yearning to make a difference in the areas of health and medicine, he set his sights on the field of drug discovery. In 2015, he joined the research group of Dr. Yuk-Ching Tse-Dinh at Florida International University (FIU). Under the guidance of professors Tse-Dinh and Arasu Annamalai in their lab, he was once again working to fight the neglected disease of tuberculosis in the hope of discovering novel leads towards resistant antibiotics.
During his research with Dr. Tse-Dinh, Andres has contributed to two publications, being co-author on one. And through his research experience with her, he has earned the prestigious selection of being chosen as a Ronald E. McNair Fellow. Andres has also represented his lab and FIU at local conferences, winning first place presenter awards at the Southeast Cell Science Symposium and the Biomedical & Comparative Immunology Symposium.
With his sights set on drug discovery and development, Andres will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Kansas, one of the top graduate programs in the country. He was awarded their Edward E. Smissman Fellowship for standing out as the top applicant. Recently, Angelo lost his uncle to a rare form of thyroid cancer and this event has boosted his motivation for research and innovation in novel medicine that will bring great impact to the world. With his Ph.D. he is determined to use his research skills to advance medicinal chemistry to fight rare and neglected diseases.