Linnea K. Ista


Phone: 505-277-6392

Physical Address

Room 2051
Centennial Engineering Center

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Research Assistant Professor

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Ph.D., Biology, University of New Mexico

M.S., Biochemistry, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1994

B.S., Biology (Honors), University of Puget Sound, 1985


Linnea K. Ista, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in CBME whose research emphasizes bacterial interactions at the solid/liquid interface. Her primary work at present emphasizes bacterial/surface interactions as they affect surface motility and biofilm formation, as well as probing the bacterial surface with conjugated nanoparticles to probe likely sites of bacterial interaction. She also has projects in smart biocidal surfaces for the control of biofilm formation and release, and, thus prevention of nosocomial infection. Other areas of interest include bacterial encapsulation and bacterial detection. Dr Ista maintains collaborations with UNM researchers in Pathology, Civil Engineering, Biology, and the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, as well as at other Universities including Duke University and the University of Southern California. She is the holder of 9 US patents, all the result of work at UNM. Dr. Ista is a proud UNM alum, having previously graduated with her PhD in 2011 in the Department of Biology. Previously she worked as a research scientist in Chemical and Nuclear engineering and CMBE since 1995. She obtained her MS in Biochemistry in 1994 from the University of Missouri and her BS in Biology (Chemisty minor) from the University of Puget Sound.

Research Interests

  • Microbial interactions at the solid-liquid interface, particularly solid substratum contributions to adhesion.