Nick Matinyan

Nick Matinyan

Postdoctoral Fellow (February 1st, 2021- November 23, 2022)

Current Position:  Scientist, Colossal Biosciences, Houston, Texas

Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
Hometown:  Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA


  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC;  BS in Biology, BA in Chemistry 2009-2013
  • Graduate: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Program in Integrative Molecular Biomedical Sciences;
    Thesis Advisor: Koen J.T. Venken.
    Thesis: “Multiplexed Drug-based Selection and Counterselection Genetic Engineering in Drosophila melanogaster” 2014-2020


  • Joshi Memorial Prize for Outstanding Research Talk, Verna and Marrs Mclean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Annual Departmental Retreat, Galveston, TX, Third place. (2017)
  • Training fellowship from the Integrative Molecular Biomedical Sciences program at Baylor College of Medicine, NIH T32 5T32GM008231-27

Research Interests:
Genetic engineering, synthetic biology, Drosophila, malaria, mosquitos, neuropeptide biology

Interests outside the lab:
Amateur bartender, mixology, tennis, books, gardening, hiking

Fun fact:
Lottery winner! My family won the Green card lottery in 1998 to immigrate to America.