Sophia Suarez received her B.S. from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering and helped design a tissue engineering therapy for treating anterior cruciate ligament injuries at the Children’s Hospital of Boston under the direction of Dr. Martha Murray. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Bioengineering at UC San Diego, co-advised by Dr. Adah Almutairi and Dr. Karen Christman. Sophia is designing and testing versatile and safe biomaterial therapies for cardiac repair. Her work includes the development of a microparticle delivery system that responds to the microenvironment in the injured heart to precisely tune the delivery of therapeutics. She is also informing the design of safe biomaterial therapies by determining how biomaterial properties influence cardiac electrophysiology. Sophia was a co-chair of professional development of the bioengineering graduate society, selecting and arranging visits for panelists of a dozen meetings designed to connect bioengineering students to local biotech companies.