Jazlyn Hernandez

Undergraduate Student

Focus Area:
EGFR inhibition of vascular calcification.

Research Interest:
Working to develop a therapeutic and preventative option to treat VC by inhibiting the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in vitro.

Expected Graduation:
Fall 2023

Fun Fact:
In Jazlyn’s free time, you can find her rock climbing or hiking.

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Fernando Melara Barahona

Undergraduate Student

Focus Area:
Sensor design.

Research Interest:
Understanding the mechanisms that lead to cardiovascular disease through the design of a magnetic particle based sensing platform.

Expected Graduation:
Summer 2023

Fun Fact:
Fernando wants to be a professor.

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Lucas Menendez

Undergraduate Student

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Focus Area:
The mechanobiological mechanisms behind bicuspid aortic valve related aortic valve disease progression.

Research Interest:
He would like to contribute to different aspects of cardiovascular research by studying mechanobiology, tissue engineering, pathological remodeling, and therapeutics.

Awards:
CURE Program (January 2023 – Present)

Expected Graduation:
Spring 2026

Fun Fact:
Lucas dances whenever he is bored. Also, he has a medical podcast called “The Operating Room”. Please like and subscribe!

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Andrea Rivera

Undergraduate Student

Focus Area:
Cardiac tissue biomechanics.

Research Interest:
She would like to contribute to the field of cardiovascular engineering by studying mechanisms of pathological remodeling, developing novel therapeutics for heart disease, and/or using 3D bioprinting techniques and advanced biomaterials to promote regeneration.

Awards:
MARC U*STAR Fellowship (June 2022-Present)

Expected Graduation:
Summer 2024

Fun Fact:
She’s an avid Miami Heat fan and has a Labrador named “Buckets”.

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Lorimar Santiago

Undergraduate Student

Focus Area:
Vascular calcification (VC) and chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Research Interest:
Understanding the mechanisms that lead to medical calcification and how CKD progresses this in vivo. In addition, studying the effects of CKD and VC in Alzheimer’s and dementia development.

Awards:
Cure Program Researcher (August 2022 – Present)

Expected Graduation:
Spring 2024

Fun Fact:
Lorimar loves to attend conventions and concerts in her free time.


Katelan Sugrim

Undergraduate Student

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Focus Area:
Effect of Relaxin Receptor Agonist on Vascular Calcification.

Research Interest:
Currently, there is no existing treatment to resorb existing plaque in the cardiovascular system. Her project focuses on looking at the response of inflammation on vascular calcification.

Expected Graduation:
Fall 2023

Fun Fact:
Katelan enjoys baking in her free time.

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