Adriana Blazeski’s research at the Johns Hopkins University centers around creating cardiac tissue constructs from decellularized heart slices and human stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes and studying the effects of the matrix environment on cellular function and maturation. Her work addresses roadblocks in the effort to use these cells as drug-testing platforms and therapies has resulted in a patent application, and has merited two AHA Fellowships and a Whitaker International Grant. In the spirit of her mentors, both at Hopkins and during her Bachelor’s and Master’s studies at the University of Michigan, Adriana has mentored numerous undergraduates in the laboratory. Particularly concerned with the advancement of women in STEM, she engages female high school students in her research through a local Women in Science and Engineering program. In 2014, Adriana co-founded the Graduate Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN), connecting women and encouraging leadership through speaker series, a newsletter celebrating members, and social gatherings.