Maria graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2021 with B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Engineering Business. She was introduced to organ-on-chip engineering through her senior capstone project, where she developed a vagina-on-chip model to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of vaginal wound healing. Maria is passionate about women's health and seeks to utilize organ-on-chip technology to remedy disparities in the healthcare system. She is currently working with the OOC team at the GVN lab to model breast cancer metastasis on their multi-tissue platform.