Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, 2021
Nadja graduated from University of the Puerto Rico at Mayaguez from Mechanical Engineering. During her undergraduate studies, she worked on nanomaterials synthesis and characterization. She also worked on the development of degradable tough adhesive hydrogel formulations that now serve as a wound closure material to replace traditional sutures in an oral surgery. From these experiences she became drawn to understanding the composition and organization of the extracellular environment of tissue as a means to generating more biologically relevant materials. Nadja joined the Alliston lab as a Bioengineering PhD student in June 2022 with an interest in biomechanics, material science and mechanobiology of the skeletal bone tissue.
Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, arts and crafts, cooking, and trying out new places to eat in the Bay Area.
• Bone biomechanics
• Material Science
Nadja.MaldonadoLuna [at] ucsf.edu