Principal Investigator

Anjelica Gonzalez
Donna L. Dubinsky Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Associate Research Scientist, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yale University
Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Leukocyte Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
Ph.D., Structural and Computational Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
B.S., Irrigation and Biological Engineering, Utah State University 

Current Post Docs and Graduate Students

Catherine Kim
Hometown: Miami, Florida

BSE, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Mitochondria are essential for normal cell function.  Catherine’s research focuses on how mitochondria contribute to fibrosis in pericytes.  Outside of the lab, Catherine enjoys music and art.

Laura Morales

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Education: B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami 

Neutrophils are the most common type of leukocytes in the human body. Laura’s research focuses on the study of neutrophils and the identification of various subpopulations of this leukocyte. She utilizes biomaterials to engineer a composite microvasculature structure ex vivo, as well as several proteomics techniques. On her spare time, Laura enjoys going to the theater, cooking, and dancing salsa.


Michelle Wu


Hometown: Cheshire, CT

Education: B.S., Chemical Engineering with an additional major in Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

TGFb1 is a key mediator of fibrosis. Michelle’s research focuses on how inflammation enhances changes in pericyte phenotype caused by TGFb1 signaling. In her spare time, she enjoys playing water polo and doing puzzles.  

PhD Students

Rita Matta, PhD 2021, Engineer at Becton, Dickinson and Company
Amanda Pellowe, PhD 2018, Consultant at Bain
Parid Sava, PhD 2016, Consultant at ClearView Healthcare Partners
Holly Lauridsen, PhD 2016, Business Analyst at Kitamba

Undergraduate Students

Billy Sweezey Class of 2020
Carly Israel Class of 2020 

Tracy Chung Class of 2019
Jannet Rivera Class of 2019
Quinn Lewis Class of 2019
Amelia Dobronyi Class of 2018
Julie Zhou Class of 2017
Brenda Calderon Class of 2017
Cesar Garcia Class of 2017
Mariah Harris Class of 2016
Ian O’Cook Class of 2015
Ilana Scandariato Class of 2015
Kai-Ming Pu Class of 2015
Katelyn Chan Class of 2015
Rajwant Mahal Class of 2015
Charles Stone Class of 2014
Yujin Park Class of 2014
Jonathan Park Class of 2014
Li Boyton Class of 2014 


Aja Aravamudhan - 2017  Mayo Clinic Postdoctral Fellow
Anand Ramananthan - 2017 Scientist 1 at Patheon
Yue Ariel Hou - 2015 Postdoctoral Associate Georgia Institute of Technology
Lola Brown - 2015 Associate Dean Cornell Weill Medical School
Chantal Ayers-Sander - 2013 Research Director at PPD
Deborah Jeannie Myer - 2010
Hye-Yeong Kim - 2009, Associate Researcher UPMC Radiology