Daniel Cambron

Undergraduate Student

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Focus Area:
Effect of mechanical forces on vesicle trafficking.

Research Interest:
Dan is interested in studying the role of extracellular vesicles in cardiovascular disease formation. Furthermore, the effects of mechanical forces on the cell membrane and the impact these changes have on vesicle trafficking.

Awards:
MARC U*STAR Fellowship (Aug 2019 – Apr 2021)

Expected Graduation:
Spring 2021

Fun Fact:
Daniel is a PADI Divemaster and enjoys spearfishing and even has a pet eel!


Manuel Garcia Russo

Undergraduate Student

Focus Area:
Extracellular vesicle differentiation using tunable resistive pulse sensing

Research Interest:
The study of cellular response to different chemical stimuli that selectively disrupt certain structures of the cytoskeleton in order to observe responses in calcification. In addition, He is trying to find the relationship between the studies of extracellular mechanotransduction with intracellular modification in order to understand different states of the cell based on tensegrity models. Manuel is also involved with the development of mathematical models that will be used to quantify and differentiate extracellular vesicles in order to further understand their roles both physiologically and pathologically in cellular activity.

Expected Graduation:
Fall 2019

Fun Fact:
Manuel used to be a math major but switched to biomedical engineering to incorporate some biology into his mathematical studies to pursue his dream of going to medical school. Manuel used to play baseball at Saint Thomas University and in Venezuela where he was born.

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Maria Camila Giraldo

Undergraduate Student

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Focus Area:
Influence of inflammation in the calcification process.

Research Interest:
Maria is interested in understanding the role of inflammation in triggering calcification appearance in cardiovascular tissues, in addition to understanding the interaction of bisphosphonates with extracellular vesicles and mineral.

Expected Graduation:
Fall 2019

Fun Fact:
Maria has never learned how to ride a bike…


Walt Heatherly

Undergraduate Student

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Focus Area:
Cell Mechanics and extracellular vesicles.

Research Interest:
Effects of substrate properties.

Expected Graduation:
Spring 2019

Fun Fact:
Walt referee’s soccer!

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Jessica Molina

Undergraduate Student

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Focus Area:
Extracellular vesicle differentiation using tunable resistive pulse sensing

Research Interest:
Jessica is developing an optimized methodology for obtaining accurate and repeatable data studying with biological samples using tunable resistive pulse sending (TRPS). Using this methodology she will be able to study extracellular vesicles released by cells under different mechanical or chemical stimuli that simulate different pathological conditions in vitro. Being able to differentiate extracellular vesicles using this methodology will allow a further understanding of their role in mediating disease.

Expected Graduation:
Spring 2020

Fun Fact:
Jessica works part-time as a dance instructor in her life-long studio.

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Rachel Montalvan

Master's Student

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Focus Area:
Role of neuronal innervation in healthy and diseased aortic valve leaflets and mechanisms causing changes in the phenotype of valve interstitial cells implementing neuronal markers.

Research Interest:
Identifying key biological components to manipulate the mechanical responses of the heart with respect to aortic valve disease conditions.

Education:
2015 – B.S. in Biological Sciences from Florida International University

Fun Fact:
On her free time, Rachel likes to draw and paint.

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Sana Nasim

PhD Candidate

Focus Area:
Her work focuses on the understanding of the production of elastin in the aortic valve and which specific cell type is responsible for it.

Awards:
Florida Heart Research Foundation (Jan 2019 – Dec 2020)

Fun Fact:
Sana loves nature and art!

Education:
BS – Biomedical Engineering (2015, New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Office: BME Department Cubicle #6

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sana-nasim-875345102/