About Me

I arrived in the United States 13 years ago following my dream to become a biomedical engineer. Since then, I have completed a BS, MS, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. During graduate school, I also obtained a Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis on inclusive pedagogy. I am currently a Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow. My research experience encompasses a wide variety of topics ranging from tissue engineering to the gut microbiome and global health. 

 

Originally from Colombia, I am also passionate about multicultural and multilingual communication in both formal and informal settings. I am an advocate and active participant in organizations and communities that foster diversity in STEM. 

 

In my free time, I love to travel, bake, swim, read, dance, and above all, eat ice cream.    

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

2017 -  2019

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Associate

CORNELL UNIVERSITY

Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering

Fellow since January 2019

Advisor: Dr. Ilana Brito

2016

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

Thesis title: "Development of Improved Models to Understand the Sequence of Events in Early Calcific Aortic Valve Disease”

Advisor: Dr. Kristyn Masters

2015

Delta Certificate in Teaching and Learning

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

Teaching-as-Research Project: "Training the Trainers at the Physics Learning Center"

Advisors: Dr. Susan Nossal & Dr. Amihan Huesmann

2014

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON

2011

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering

Minor in German

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN

Graduated with High Honors

Advisor: Dr. Christine Schmidt

HONORS & AWARDS

Fellowships & Scholarships

2019 - 2022
2015 - 2016
2010 - 2011
2008
2006-2011

Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell University

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship - Midwest Affiliate

Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin

Braden Communication Scholarhip (awarded to the best communicator in the dept.), UT-Austin BME

Bachilleres por Colombia, ECOPETROL

Teaching & Public Engagement with Science

2019 - 2021
2019
2018
2011

American Association for the Advancement of Science IF/THEN Ambassador

Massive Science Photon Fellow for Science Writing

Postdoc Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, Cornell University

Two Photon Art Science Communication Small Grant

Patricia Heard Outstanding Student Educator, University of Texas at Austin

Leadership

2019
2018
2017
2015-2016
2010

Building Future Faculty Scholar, North Carolina State University

Chair, Gordon Research Seminar: Signal Transduction by Engineered Extracellular Matrices

International Student Leadership Award, International Student Services at UW-Madison

President, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Association, UW-Madison

President, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, Texas Alpha Chapter, UT-Austin

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