Understanding the biological complexity around healing has been a career long passion for me. My life's work has been toward understanding the cellular and molecular complexities that allow a person’s body to heal after injury. How a cell communicates with its surrounding environment is at the core of my personal curiosity and my career focus. We first need to understand how healing occurs at the cellular and molecular level to utilize our bodies own resources as therapeutics. My role as Lead Scientist in Biosciences at GE Research has focused on the clinical and biological problems in cell therapy and regenerative medicine. My area of expertise encompasses industrialization of cell and immunotherapies, with an emphasis on chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy (CART). In addition, I am involved in projects on additive manufacturing for biomedical applications. Before joining GE Research I completed postdoctoral work in biomedical engineering with a focus on regenerative medicine, where my focus was on investigating the biological challenges in culturing stem cells, specifically mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), to retain their pluripotency.
"Above all, don't fear difficult moments. The best comes form them."
I've been exploring my Cuban heritage through cooking. I've been collecting family recipes and exploring a few of my own through cookbooks. Ultimately, I hope to put together a cookbook with my own Cuban-American flare that can be passed on through generations. I am preserving my family heritage through food.