Natacha DePaola, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering



Dr. DePaola received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Simon Bolivar, Caracas-Venezuela (1984), the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987), and the Ph.D. degree in Medical Engineering from Harvard Medical School and MIT (Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 1991). She completed her postdoctoral training at Columbia University in the Artificial Organs Research Laboratory (1992), where she also held a position as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering. In 1993 she moved to Northwestern University as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. In 1994, she joined the Biomedical Engineering faculty at RPI, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1999.

Dr. DePaola is a member of the Institute for Medicine and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior scientist in the Laboratory for Structural Biology at UAH. She received a NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 1996, has been the Faculty Advisor to the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Student Chapter at Rensselaer since 1996, and was a member of the US delegation to the 5th Japan-USA-Singapore-China Conference in Biomechanics (Sendai, Japan, 1998). Dr. DePaola teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Cellular Biomechanics, Fluid Mechanics, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Fluid Dynamics and Transport in the Vascular Circulation, and co-teaches courses in Introduction to Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Design, and Biomedical Engineering Laboratory. Her research interests are in Biofluid Dynamics, Cell Mechanics, and Cell and Tissue Engineering. In her laboratory, Dr. DePaola investigates the fundamental aspects of fluid mechanics and mass transport that are involved in the modulation of mammalian cell function. Her ongoing research collaborations are with the University of Pennsylvania, John Hopkins Medical School, the Center for Cardiovascular Sciences at the Albany Medical College, and Applied BioPhysics, Inc. •







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