Angelica DaSilva

Inaugural Trainee, 2019-2021
Cardiovascular engineering program

Adviser: David Wood

Angelica DaSilva graduated from Rowan University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a concentration in Tissue Engineering. 

As a student at Rowan University, she worked under Dr. Peter Galie for two years, developing a blood-brain barrier microfluidic model to study the response of endothelial cells to mechanical forces encountered in vivo. During her undergraduate career, she was also a part of an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she spent several months designing a novel in vitro model of a calcified aortic heart valve. She received the opportunity to present her research at several conferences, including the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in 2018. Her primary research interests include endothelial behavior, tissue engineering, and the development of in vitro model systems. 

Since starting her Ph.D., she has joined the Living Devices Lab under Dr. David Wood. Her current research focuses on understanding the role of vascular activation in thrombosis for patients with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). During the remainder of her Ph.D., she hopes to delve deeper into understanding the pathology of MPNs in relation to endothelial activation.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, weightlifting, reading, and planning trips to National Parks.