Faculty Mentor: Dr. Elizabeth LeBleu Dirk
Department: Center for Biomedical Engineering
Home Institution: The University of New Mexico
Research Interests: Biomedical Engineering/Tissue Engineering
I attended and graduated from the University of New Mexico in Spring 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, Chemistry minor. During my undergraduate years, I worked in an immuno-parasitology laboratory where I investigated a parasite transmission vector for a filarial eye worm in canines called Onchocerca lupi. It was later in my senior year that I realized I have an interest in the applications of engineering toward biological systems. Therefore, I have made the transition from biology to biomedical engineering. My goal is to gain the knowledge and experience from bioengineering to aid in improving the life qualities of people suffering from diseases. Currently, I am working in Dr. Elizabeth Dirk’s lab where we work with heart valves diseases and hope to use principles of tissue engineering to induce tissue growth. Beyond working in the lab, I like to play adult soccer league, working out, and enjoying many outdoors activities.