Divya Krishnagiri is currently a senior in the BME undergraduate program with a minor in computer and information science. She currently works as a product specialist at Lab-Ally, a local Columbus company and does research in the Speech Psychoacoustics Laboratory. Divya also serves as president of the Biomedical Engineering Society student chapter. Within BME she is primarily interested in micro/nano, biomechanics, and bioimaging. Her favorite part of BME is the senior design projects. She says, “It is very rewarding to be able to take everything I learned in the past 4 years and apply it to a project within an interdisciplinary team.” Divya believes that she will always remember and cherish the camaraderie she has been able to build with her fellow students and advisors.
When asked what it means to her to be a buckeye, she responded, “to me, a Buckeye represents innovation. This campus is bigger than most people can even imagine, yet everyone on this campus is creating something amazing. I tend to have BME blinders on and only focus on what is going on within our department, but when I do take those off I am always amazed at what people are creating at the med center, in aeronautical engineering, in FABE and honestly in every corner of campus.”
Divya plans to go straight into industry once she graduates and pursue her master’s in business administration along the way.
Marcos Cortes-Medina is a current BME graduate student, advised by assistant professor, Jonathan Song (mechanical engineering). His research has been focused on using the application of engineering principles to study cancer and the tumor microenvironment. His research leads this initiative by exploiting the use of microscale engineering technology to recreate these biological phenomena. Recently, Marcos was awarded a National Institute of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Diversity Supplement award to peek into how the vasculature can play a part in pulmonary fibrosis development, a disease that currently evades standard treatment. In his free time Marcos enjoys playing intramural soccer or cooking different recipes at home with his girlfriend. After grad school, Marcos plans on going into industry with biopharmaceutical groups to enable him to expand on the skills he is learning as a PhD student. “The opportunity to work in a medical setting, all the while employing engineering tactics has always been a professional goal of mine. As such, my everyday life in the Biomedical Research Tower and being exposed to the distinct biomedical research is something I’ll always cherish.” says Marcos in reflecting on his time here at Ohio State.