PhD candidate in Molecular Medicine and Translational Science program at Wake Forest
As a first-generation American born to immigrant parents in the melting pot of Los Angeles, CA, Diana grew up witnessing many different aspects the human experience inherent in that environment and was instilled with a will to help others, especially within the field of healthcare. She pursued a liberal arts education at Dartmouth College and graduated with Honors in Neuroscience for her research on the role of microRNA-10b on Glioblastoma pathogenesis. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in the Molecular Medicine and Translational Science program at Wake Forest and is a NIH-T32 pre-doctoral fellow at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. She has taken a multi-faceted approach in her PhD research addressing the challenges of kidney regeneration through a variety projects including renal progenitor organoid formation, functionalized scaffold development, construct bioprinting, microfluidics based cell maturation, neovascularization, stem cell direct differentiation, and bioreactor design. Her current work focuses on using these strategies to develop and deliver renal progenitor organoids for rapid kidney tissue integration and functional recovery.