Andrea Ordonez has a passion for genetics and immunology. In her role at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), she works in the lab of Michael Kalwat, PhD, where she uses genetically-encoded biosensors to gain beta cell knowledge.
Prior to arriving at the IBRI, she attended Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where, in addition to her bachelor's degree in biology, she also pursued a minor in psychology.
Ordonez participated in the MPESC-Preparatory Summer Research Program, where she worked in the Tepper Lab helping to analyze lung structure and function in mice raised in hypoxia vs. room air environments. She also was a research scholar in the Indiana STEM LSAMP Internship, where she worked in the Alves Lab on experiments related to blood clotting factors.