Adriana Avila Flores, PhD is an assistant professor at Auburn University and a primary focus of my research is the design of innovative nanomedicines. She is currently working with peptide-based materials that self-assemble into vesicular nanoparticles. These nano-vesicles have lipid-like properties including solute encapsulation, fusion and resizing. In cancer research, these nanoparticles are able to deliver therapeutic DNA and mRNA vaccines that can prevent or treat certain types of cancer. Aware of the potential positive impacts of transforming bench discoveries into industrial technologies, Adriana helped to establish a biotechnology company, Genetadi Biotech SL, in Bilbao, Spain from 2008 to 2010 and she has been a founding partner since that year. Adriana enjoys teaching, both inside and outside the university and likes to participate in community services. During her free time she enjoys running, hiking, and watching documentary films about animals.