Assistant Professor, Natalia Higuita-Castro, Ph.D., has ample experience on the field of Biomedical micro/nano technology, cellular/tissue engineering, development of organ-on-a-chip platforms, and novel nano-carriers for therapeutic applications. Dr. Higuita-Castro obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Ohio State University and during her postdoctoral training she worked in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh - School of Medicine, and the Department of Surgery and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Dr. Higuita-Castro is a former HHMI Med into Grad scholar, and an American Heart Association (AHA) and NIH T32 fellow. Her research focuses on the development of novel extracellular vesicle (EV)-based nanocarriers for therapeutic applications including lung inflammation, brain injury, and low back pain.
My research is largely focused on the use of micro/nano fabrication techniques for applications in cell/tissue mechanics, inflammation, and regenerative medicine. My lab focuses on the development of novel nanomedicine applications and EV-based therapeutics.