Cristian Aguilar, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry
Biosafety Program Institutional Officer

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 6583
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Cristian Aguilar, PhD, has studied biology and conducted research at two local and prestigious universities in Pomona and Irvine. His current work focuses on the remarkable regenerative abilities of the Mexican salamander known as the axolotl. In response to injury or a loss of tissue, the axolotl is able to perfectly replace and repair all damage, restoring structure and function of the damaged tissue. Aguilar is continuing this work in an effort to understand how cells at the site of injury are able to return to stem-like state in order to begin the regenerative process. In addition to conducting research, Aguilar is involved in the development and implementation of new teaching strategies in order to best train the next generation of scientists in the classroom.


  • PhD, Biology Sciences, University of California, Irvine
  • BS, Biotechnology, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Academic Area

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Biology and Chemistry

Courses Taught

  • BIOL 151/151L General Biology I and Lab
  • BIOL 220/220L General Microbiology and Lab
  • BIOL 240/240L Biology of Microorganisms and Lab
  • BIOL 280/280L Cell Biology and Lab
  • BIOL 300L Genetics Lab
  • BIOL 440 Developmental Biology
  • GE 100 First Year Seminar