Alex Cruz is a doctoral student in biomedical engineering from New Jersey. He studies tissue engineering approaches to calcific aortic valve disease under the guidance of Jonathan Butcher at Cornell. Read more about Using tissue engineering approaches to better understand cardiovascular disease
Angela Cai, M.Eng. 2014
Angela Cai received her B.S. in biological engineering from Cornell University in 2014. During her undergraduate years, she also completed minors in biomedical engineering and global health as well as her pre-med prerequisite courses. After graduating, she continued on to complete her M.Eng. in biomedical engineering, also at Cornell. Although Cai always intended to pursue medical school, she decided to obtain her M.Eng. in hopes to someday apply her background in engineering to help innovate the field of surgery.
After leaving Cornell, Cai took a short gap year before attending medical school and worked as a research assistant at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. There, she helped analyze data on cardiac dysfunction in mice with muscular dystrophy in order to evaluate a method to diagnose cardiac dysfunction early in patients with muscular dystrophy. Since then, Cai has devoted herself to medical school pursuing her M.D. at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, where she graduated in April 2020. She is currently a first year general surgery resident at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Cai’s interest in engineering led her to choose surgery as a specialty because of the very hands-on aspect you get when working with surgical patients. She is interested in pursuing a fellowship to subspecialize in a field of surgery, however, she still has five years of residency to decide which subspecialty to pursue.