Felix Valero-Davila works with Andrew Templin, PhD, to investigate the cellular mechanisms that underlie the relationship between islet immune responses and beta cell death in diabetes.
While an undergraduate at Wabash College (Crawfordsville, Ind.), Valero-Davila worked on a National Science Foundation-funded project to study the impacts of protein level control on human development and disease. Valero-Davila had the opportunity to present this research to more than 18,000 scientists in Philadelphia at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference. He also served as a mentor in the Novak Lab for incoming students.
Valero-Davila moved to the United States from Venezuela when he was a sophomore in high school. When he’s not in the lab, he likes to play baseball, be outdoors and spend time with family.