Jorge Ayarza
Esser-Kahn Group

Jorge Ayarza

Jorge Ayarza was born and raised in the great city of Lima, Peru. Being exposed to natural sciences since his early days in high school and driven by an innate curiosity to know more about the world, he decided to pursue a BS in chemistry at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. He enjoyed his time in undergrad taking lots of interesting classes and doing laboratory work, but also hanging out with friends and family, and eating tasty Peruvian food! For his undergrad thesis, he worked with Professor Javier Nakamatsu in studying biopolymers, namely polysaccharides extracted from seaweed and mollusks. Motivated by the excitement of research in chemistry, he made the big decision of pursuing a PhD in the United States. Now, at the Esser-Kahn group at the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, he hopes to develop new skills and discover new exciting ways to fabricate and use polymeric materials.


Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru; Lima, Peru; 2014

Professor Javier Nakamatsu

Scientific hero

Richard Feynman


What is life? A frenzy.

What is life? An illusion,

a shadow, a fiction,

and the greatest good is mean,

for all life is a dream,

and dreams themselves are only dreams.

                          -Segismundo, Life Is a Dream

Polymeric materials, biomaterials