Carla Uranga, Ph.D., is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the J. Craig Venter Institute, where she is actively working on studying the metabolomics of microorganisms. With a specialty in purification method development, her current focus is on purifying small molecules produced by bacteria from the human oral microbiome and studying their physiological effects on the host immune system and on other bacteria.
Prior to joining JCVI, she worked in industry in a variety of capacities, including purification, especially as applied to virus and virus-like particles (VLPs) for oncolytics and vaccine purposes at PaxVax (now Emergent Biosolutions) and in plant molecular biology at Syngenta. She and her husband started a business in Baja California during her doctorate and they currently make natural lotions and soaps for the Guadalupe Valley wine country in Baja California.
She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and her doctorate in Life Sciences/Biochemistry from CICESE in Ensenada, Mexico.