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.
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.