Daniela Cruz

A native of Ecuador, Daniela obtained her undergraduate degree from California State University Long Beach (CSULB) in both Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. She first came to Duke and the Lopez lab as a MRSEC REU in summer 2012. Currently she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering under the direction of Dr. Lopez, where she is interested in understanding the dynamics of colloids under the influence of acoustic fields. Her work consists in the use of acoustic standing waves generated inside a microfluidic channel or a glass capillary to assemble ordered clusters of anisotropic nanoparticles. Well-defined clusters assembled acoustically could potentially be used for the fabrication of Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) tags for near infrared hyperspectral imaging. During her free time, Daniela enjoys salsa dancing, drawing, painting, and playing RE video games.

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