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Maribel Vazquez

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Maribel Vazquez

Associate Professor

Room 403D
Steinman Hall
Phone Number: 
(212) 650-5209
(212) 650-6727
Dr. Vazquez in 2015

Sc.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2001 

M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 1996 

B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1992

Research Interests

Cell Motility and Collective Migration

Microfluidics-Based Systems

Nanotechnology and Intracellular Imaging

Neuromuscular Junction

Photoreceptor Transplantation

Glial and Neuronal Progenitor Migration

Recent Select Publications

1.         Unachukwu, U.; Warren, A.; Zhou, J.;, Li, Z.;  Mishra, S.; Sauane, M.; Lim, H.; Vazquez, M.;  Redenti, S.; ‘Molecular signaling guiding photoreceptor precursor cell migration following transplantation into damaged retina,’ Nature Scientific Reports 2016 Mar   3;6:22392

2.         McCutcheon S.; Unachukwu U, Thakur A, Majeska R, Redenti S, Vazquez M, ‘In Vitro Formation of Neuroclusters in Microfluidic Devices and Cell Migration as a Function of Stromal-Derived Growth Factor 1 Gradients.’ Cell Adh Migr. 2016 Jan 8:0.

3.         Beck C, Singh T, Farooqi A, Venkatesh T, Vazquez M., ‘Controlled microfluidics to examine growth-factor induced migration of neural progenitors in the Drosophila visual system,’ J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Dec 29;262:32-40.

4.         Mishra S.; Thakur A.; Redenti S.; Vazquez M., A model microfluidics-based system for the human and mouse retina,’ Biomed Microdevices. 2015 Dec;17(6):107.

5.         Rico-Valera J.; Singh T.; McCutcheon S.; Vazquez M.,’EGF as a therapeutic target for medulloblastoma metastasis,’ Cell Mol Bioeng 2015 July 1; Volume 3, Issue 2, pp323. Cell Mol Bioeng. 2015 Dec;8(4):553-565

6.         Singh T, Kothapalli C, Varma D, Nicoll SB, Vazquez M, Carboxymethylcellulose hydrogels support central nervous system-derived tumor-cell chemotactic migration: Comparison with conventional extracellular matrix macromolecules J Biomater Appl. 2014 Sep;29(3):433-41.

7.         Unachukwu UJ, Sauane M, Vazquez M, Redenti S.; ‘Microfluidic Generated EGF-Gradients Induce Chemokinesis of Transplantable Retinal Progenitor Cells via the JAK/STAT and PI3Kinase Signaling Pathways,’ PLoS One. 2013 Dec 23;8(12)

8.         Dudu V., Able RA Jr.; Rotari, V.; Kong, Q.; Vazquez M., ' Role of Epidermal Growth Factor-triggered PI3K/Akt signaling in the Migration of Medulloblastoma-derived Cells,' Cell Mol Bioeng 2012 Dec 1; Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 402-413.

9.         Able RA Jr.; Ngnabeuye, C.; Beck, C.; Holland, EC.; Vazquez M., 'Low Concentration Microenvironments Enhance the Migration of Neonatal Cells of Glial Lineage,' Cell Mol Bioeng. 2012 Dec 1; Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 128-142.

10.       Dudu V.; Rotari V.; Vazquez M., 'Sendai Virus-based Liposomes Enable Targeted Cytosolic Delivery of Nanoparticles in Brain Tumor-Derived Cells,' J Nanobiotechnology. 2012 Feb 17;10:9.

Courses Offered (in Past 5 Years)

Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (BME101)

Experimental Methods in Biomedical Engineering (BME310)

Capstone Senior Design (BME450/460)

Microfluidics and Microfabrication (BME510/I7700)

Capstone BioDesign for Masters in Translational Medicine (BMEI6400,I6500,I6600)



Most Recent Research Support (Past 5 years)

      1.  Photoreceptor integration via chemotactic honing

Principal Investigator: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.

Agency: NIH (NEI) R21

Period: 4/2016-4/2018                                                                                

Supports development of microfluidics to examine photoreceptor chemotaxis


2. STC: Emerging Behaviors of Integrated Biological Systems (EBICS)                      

Principal Investigator: Kamm, Roger, Ph.D.         

Subcontract PI: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.                                                     

Agency:  NSF CBET                                                                                                            

Period: 7/2010-8/2015

Supports development of microfluidics to examine glial-neuronal interactions in vitro


3. A micro-retina system for progenitor migration

Principal Investigator: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.                                         

Agency:  PSC-CUNY REG48                                                                                                          

Period: 8/2015-8/2016

Supports development of a micro-retina microfluidic system


4. Systems Biology Approach to Tumorigenesis’

Principal Investigator: Micor, Franziska, PhD                   

Subcontract PI: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.                                                  

Agency:  NCI U54 (CA143798-02)                                                                          

Period: 12/2009-12/2014

Supports use of microfluidics to identify EGF activation during in vitro migration of glioma


Industry Experience

Intel Corporation, Mechanical Engineer (Microcontamination), Santa Clara, CA, Summer 1997

Intel Corporation, Mechanical Engineer (Clean Room Facilities), Portland, OR, Summer 1996

Intel Corporation, Mechanical Engineer (Clean Room Facilities), Portland, OR, Summer 1995

Intel Corporation, Mechanical Engineer (General Site Services), Portland, OR, Full Time 1992-1995

NASA Research Center, Mechanical Engineer (Cryogenics Division), Cleveland, OH, Summer 1991

Community Promotion

2015 Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education Magazine, CUNY Decade of Science (August 7, 2015)

2013 Univision Reporting, 'Stem and the Elusive Latina Role Model,' Channel 41 (August 12, 2013)

2013 New York City Council, Televised Panel Discussion led by State Senator Y. Rodriguez, 'CUNY Stem Initiatives,' September 17, 2013

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