Orlando Martinez

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Graduate Student

Orlando grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and has had a passion for Biotechnology since high school. In his undergraduate career at the Colorado School of Mines, he worked in Dr. Matthew Posewitz’s lab on the metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria for the production of higher alcohols as potential biofuels. In May of 2016, he earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and moved to Los Angeles shortly thereafter. At UCLA, he joined the Clubb lab to structurally elucidate the mechanism of the wall teichoic acid biosynthetic enzyme, TarA. He hopes to leverage that understanding to develop small molecule inhibitors that can be tested as potential drug targets for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Orlando is supported by the Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program (CBI) at UCLA.