I am Alejandra Castilla. I am a Colombian biomedical engineer (Universidad de los Andes), and I am pursuing a career in research and development of engineered tissues for the cure of neurodegenerative diseases. To achieve this goal, I am currently studying a Master of Science degree at the University of Regina, under the supervision of Dr. Josef Buttigieg, where I am investigating the Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, my research focuses on understanding the effect of a peptide involved in the Alzheimer’s disease. I intend to continue my skills development by completing a Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, in which I could develop medical devices for the treatment of degenerative diseases.
As a Biomedical Eng. and a MS student who had created skin/bone substitutes, studied Alzheimer’s, and been a VP of the global Student Platform for Eng. Education Development and a Sponsorship Assoc. in Health Inquiry Science Journal, I communicate science in TEDx talks, competitions (Winner of 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) – UofR and competitor in 3MT Western Regional Competition), interviews (CBC / Global News), journals (main author in Materials Science and Eng.), and at international conferences in Spanish/English to create an impact in all type of audience.