Karla’s interdisciplinary approach of using nanotechnology, bioengineering, and materials science has greatly contributed to the orthopedics research community. She won the ARCS award (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists, recognition throughout many cities in the US) after just one graduate year at UC San Diego and won the 1st place prize in the multi-university, Medical Engineering Innovation Challenge Competition for her work on novel surface coatings for titanium implants. After four years of graduate work, Karla is ready to contribute and be an integral part of real life emerging technologies and innovations with future aspirations in a nearby life sciences industry. After growing up in the Midwest, her childhood dream of making her way out to the California coast has come true. Karla is excelling in her research while enjoying sunny San Diego and its prime running locale.