Two BME Postdocs take part in inaugural LEGACY cohort

Posted: July 19, 2022
We are excited to share that the LEGACY Postdoctoral Scholars Program inaugural cohort includes Dr. Tatiana Cuellar-Gaviria and Dr. Colin Hisey from the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). Drs. Cuellar-Gaviria and Hisey are two of the six engineering trailblazers that have joined The Ohio State University College of Engineering as part of a new postdoctoral scholars program that’s preparing the next generation of diverse engineering leaders in academia.
Tatiana Cuellar-Gaviria Headshot
Dr. Cuellar-Gaviria

Dr. Tatiana Cuellar-Gaviria's LEGACY post-doctoral mentors include Dr. Natalia Higuita-Castro and Dr. Daniel Gallego-Perez in BME. Dr. Cuellar-Gaviria's current research focuses on developing strategies to disrupt bacterial biofilms that cause disease. She’s also interested on implementing the use of multi-omics approaches to better understand disease and the physiological response to treatment. She earned her PhD in engineering at Universidad EAFIT, Colombia.

Dr. Colin Hisey
Dr. Hisey

Dr. Colin Hisey’s LEGACY post-doctoral mentor is Dr. Derek Hansford in BME. Dr. Hisey's research involves the use of micro- and nanotechnology to develop tools for extracellular vesicle (EV) research. His primary interests are related to cancer engineering, but he’s also interested in applying these tools in infectious diseases and reproductive applications to ultimately improve human health. He earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from Ohio State.

The LEGACY Postdoctoral Scholars Program was founded in 2021 by Dean Ayanna Howard and is led by Professor Monica F. Cox, the program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority postdocs who transition to faculty positions within the College of Engineering. LEGACY—which stands for Leading Engineering as Agents of Change and Equity—also focuses on establishing quality mentoring relationships, enhancing research opportunities, and building strong scholarly communities.

Read the full article on the College of Engineering website to learn about all six participants.

Visit to learn more about the program.

Adapted from the Original Article by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications |

Category: Research