Program Coordinator, Life Sciences
Maria is the Program Coordinator for Life Sciences where she focuses on the AlphaLab Health accelerator and the associated recruiting and operations. In this role, Maria is actively involved in the AlphaLab Health lifecycle from beginning to end and works closely with the companies, partners, and mentors participating in the program.
Previously, Maria served as a Graduate Research Assistant in the uBiointerface Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. She collaborated with Dr. Tagbo Niepa on a bioelectrochemistry project aiming to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria with low-level direct current. Prior to her research, Maria served as a teaching assistant for the Hk Maker Lab, a 6-week summer engineering design and entrepreneurship program for NYC high school students hosted by Columbia University School of Engineering. In this role, Maria mentored and assisted students as they worked to address a health problem with a novel medical device. Maria oversaw the design, prototyping, and testing stages and selected which projects would be incubated at the Harlem Biospace in Manhattan.
Maria holds a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and an MS degree in Bioengineering-Medical Product Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.