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Natalia Mendonca

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Major: Biomedical Engineering (Minor: Computer Information Science)

Supervisor: Diego Alzate-Correa, PhD

About Me:

I have been an undergraduate research assistant in the Nanomedicine lab since 2019. In the lab, I, previously, worked on a project entailing the direct reprogramming of human dermal fibroblasts into endothelial cells via extracellular vesicles for wound healing and ischemic disorders. Currently, I am working on a project involving the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease through improving brain vascularization. I am also completing my undergraduate honors thesis with the lab and was recently awarded the 2021-22 undergraduate research achievement award by The Ohio State University Department of Biomedical Engineering. I am also a recipient of the Biomedical Engineering Kettering Scholarship and the College of Engineering undergraduate Research Scholarship at The Ohio State university.

In addition to my research at OSU, I spent 8 months in 2021 as a research scholar at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA working at the Center of Stem Cell and Translational Immunotherapies under the guidance of Dr. Khalid Shah. During this time, my research focused on the development of a therapeutic vaccine for Glioblastoma. Currently, I am also a student researcher in the Nutrition Research and Development department at Abbott working on investigating the effects of oral nutrition supplements on older adults in Singapore suffering from malnutrition. In the future, I would like to get my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, and pursue a research-driven career.


Natalia Mendonca
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