In 2012, Oscar completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Stanford University with a focus on the biophysics of development. In his research, Oscar is using bioengineering approaches to elucidate how biochemical, electrical, optogenetic, and mechanical stimuli regulate cardiovascular development across time and length scales that span several orders of magnitude, using human pluripotent stem cells as a model system. As a Stanford surgical resident, Oscar obtained an Advanced Residency Training at Stanford (ARTS) Fellowship to pursue his Ph.D. work. Oscar earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin where he was a Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Society Scholar. He received his M.D. from Cornell University where he was president of his class and also was awarded the Franklyn Ellenbogen Prize in Hematology/Oncology for his work involving blood-forming stem cells. In 2011, he was a Keystone Conference Research Competition finalist for his Ph.D. work. Currently he is an Instructor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford.