Andres was born and raised in Lima, Peru. During high school, he went through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. After finishing high school, he did two years of college at the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina in Lima, Peru (2003-2005). During the summer of 2005 Andres transferred to Wichita State University (WSU) to pursue undergraduate studies and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry with magna cum laude honors in December 2007. In 2008 he was accepted for graduate studies at Wichita State University where he obtained a Master of Science in Biology. During his master’s research he worked with the soilborne fungus Macrophomina phaseolina and its interaction with the model plant Medicago truncatula. The project’s goal was to understand this plant-microbe interaction to develop effective management strategies. The susceptibility/resistance was screened of 174 natural ecotypes and 150 Tnt1 transformed lines of M. truncatula. In addition, the impact of three different phytohormones in the management of M. phaseolina was studied. From that research, Andres published two research papers in peer-reviewed journals, and graduated in July 2010.
In January 2012, Andres started his PhD at Kansas State University’s Department of Plant Pathology. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate and his thesis topic is “Use of molecular tools to study the life cycle of maize seed-borne fungus Fusarium proliferatum”. Andres’ expected graduation and defense date is during the spring/summer of 2016.