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Alexander Cartagena-Rivera, PhD
Tenure-Track Principal Investigator
NIBIB, National Institutes of Health

Dr. Cartagena-Rivera received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He completed a Post-Doctoral IRTA Fellowship in the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health. He is now an Earl Stadtman (Tenure-Track) Principal Investigator and Chief of the Section on Mechanobiology at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, where his laboratory research focuses on understanding the cellular and tissue molecular-mechanical self-organization regulation and development of advanced Atomic Force Microscopy tools for cancer biology and hearing research. In 2019 he received the prestigious NIH Distinguished Scholars Program award. His research interests lie in diverse and multidisciplinary scientific fields including biomedical engineering, biophysics, cellular and tissue micro/nanomechanics, hearing mechanics, and cellular biology.

Research Area(s):

Cell Biology
Developmental Biology/Regenerative Biology

Research Keywords:

# Mechanobiology
# Biophysics
# Atomic Force Microscopy
# Tissue Mechanics

Mentor: Yasmine Belkaid, PhD

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