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Luis Fernando Ayala Solares
Scientist, Life Science, Upstream R&D at Merck KGaA


Luis Ayala is a chemical engineer with extensive expertise in cell culture and perfusion processes. Currently, he works as a research scientist in the Perfusion Systems Laboratory from Dr. Jochen Sieck within the Life Science Business from Merck KGaA (Darmstadt). He focuses primarily on customer media development service. Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with minor in Environmental Engineering from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Mexico, 2014) and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (Switzerland, 2016). During his master’s studies, he carried out a practical semester at Merck KGaA (Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland) working on perfusion process development and performed his master’s thesis focusing on 3D intestinal stem cell cultivation and organoid formation. After his master’s studies, he conducted a research internship at ETH Zurich in the Morbidelli Group focusing on T-cell culture media development.

Agenda Sessions

  • Media Development Combined With Frozen Process Intermediates For Intensified Seed Train Expansion