Dr. Kacey Ronaldson-Bouchard is an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in New York City. She received her Ph.D. at Columbia in 2015 under the advisement of Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic. Her research focuses on engineering multicellular systems from pluripotent stem cells, including the advanced maturation of iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes into mature, functional cardiac microtissues. In addition, Dr. Ronaldson-Bouchard has an interest in integrating multiple engineered tissue models for studying inter-organ interactions, towards the development of patient avatar models for the realization of personalized medicine. She has published peer-reviewed articles in journals including Nature, Cell Stem Cell, and Cell, and is a co-founder of TARA Biosystems, a NYC-based startup company focused on engineering advanced cardiac models for drug discovery, testing, and precision cardiology.