Luis Nieves-Rosado

Ph.D. Student co-advised by Dr. Donald Koch
Robert Frederick Smith School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

390 Kimball Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Email: lan58 (at) cornell (dot) edu


Luis began his graduate students at Cornell in Fall 2017 and joiner the Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory in October of that year. He is co-advised with Dr. Donald Koch. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where he worked with colloidal chemical propulsion under Dr. Ubaldo Cordova. In addition to this, he worked on several summer research projects including modeling collective dynamics of colloids under Dr. John Brady at the California Institute of Technology, modeling slender body swimmers under Dr. Aditya Khair at Carnegie Melon University and modeling polymer hydrodynamics under Dr. Andrew Spakowitz at Stanford University.

Research Interests

Luis’s research interests lie in using mathematical tools to study the physics of complex biological systems focusing on soft matter physics. He seeks to take advantage of the significant body of work that has been laid out in colloidal and polymer physics to bring new clinical insights in biological systems.

Current Research

Current work involves the development of experimental and theoretical models of the cancer cell vesicle formation process. Cancer cells use these vesicles to spread their genetic information, a key step in their development. Luis is developing a synthetic model of the cell membrane during vesicle formation and corresponding theory to understand the physics behind this process.

Honors and Awards

  • 2017, NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • 2017, Cornell Sloan Fellowship
  • 2016, ABRCMS Poster Presentation Award
  • 2015, Gordon Research Conference Travel Award
  • 2015, MARC Fellow


B.S. (2017) University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Chemical Engineering