Rinaldi Lab Alumni

Postdocs, Research Associates, and Visiting Scientists

  • Dr. Magda Latorre Estevez, January 2007 – June 2009.
    Current position: Associate Researcher at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.
  • Dr. Adriana P. Herrera, June 2009 – November 2010.
    Current position: Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Dr. Jeremiah W. Hubbard, January 2010 – January 2013.
    Current position: Scientist at Pfizer, Lake Forest, Illinois.
  • Dr. Lenibel Santiago, August 2010 – June 2012.
    Current position: Scientist at Catalent Pharma Solutions, Morrisville, North Carolina.
  • Dr. Maribella Domenech, April 2011 – June 2012.
    Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.
  • Dr. Isaac Torres-Díaz, January 2013 – December 2014.
    Current position: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in Fall 2019.
  • Dr. Kacoli Sen, November 2017 – October 2019.

Ph.D. Graduates

  • Arlex Chaves, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, July 2007.
    Current position: Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia.
  • Carola Barrera, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2009.
    Current position: Research Scientist at Procter & Gamble.
  • Adriana P. Herrera, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2009.
    Current position: Professor at the Universidad de Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Victoria L. Calero Diaz del Castillo, PhD in Chemical Engineering, July 2009.
    Current position: FBEOL Integration Engineer at Global Foundries, New York.
  • Jorge H. Sánchez, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, December 2009.
    Current position: Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia.
  • Mar Creixell Turon, PhD in Biomedicine, Universidad de Barcelona, September 2011.
    Current position: Senior Medical Science Liaison – Cardiovascular & Metabolism, Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.
  • Darlene Santiago, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2012.
    Current position: Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus.
  • Denisse Soto, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2012.
    Current position: Scientist Engineer at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Isaac Torres, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2012.
    Current position: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in Fall 2019.
  • Edwin de la Cruz, PhD student in Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2013.
  • Roberto Olayo, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2013.
    Current position: Visiting Professor at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Iztapalapa, Mexico.
  • Liliana Polo, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2013.
    Current position: Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Sucre, Colombia.
  • Lorena Maldonado, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. December 2016.
    Current position: Process Engineer at Intel Corp., Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Ana C. Bohorquez, PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. May 2017.
    Current position: Postdoctoral Associate at the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering at the University of Florida.
  • Melissa Cruz, PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. December 2017.
    Current position: Postdoctoral Associate at the University of California, Davis, and President and Co-Founder, PResente Non-Profit Organization.
  • Rohan Dhavalikar, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida. December 2017.
    Current position: Process Engineer at Intel Corp., Hillsboro, Oregon.
  • Eric Fuller, PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. August 2019.
    Current position: Lecturer at the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida.
  • Zhiyuan Zhao, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, August 2019.
  • Andreina Chiu Lam, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, December 2019.
  • Ishita Singh, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, December 2019.
  • Mythreyi Unni, PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, December 2019.

M.S. Graduates

  • Sergio Sierra, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, June 2012.
    Current position: Manufacturing Process Support Specialist at Axens.
  • Meghan Clardy, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, December 2013.
  • Tapomoy Bhattacharjee, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, May 2014.
    Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University.
  • Bhumika Sule, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, December 2014.
    Current position: PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Andrew García, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, May 2015.
    Current position: PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida.
  • Shijian Wu, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, May 2016.
    Current position: PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Florida State University.
  • Rishit Merchant, MS in Chemical Engineering at the University of Florida, May 2016.
    Current position: Product Engineer at Mann+Hummel.
  • Donald Bejleri, MS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, May 2016.
    Current position: PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University.
  • Sayali Belsare, MS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida, May 2017.
    Current position: PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University.
  • Apoorv Jain, MS in Chemical Engineering, May 2017.
    Current position: Process Engineer at Intel Corporation.
  • Bhanu Adarasupally, MS in Chemical Engineering, May 2018.
    Current position: Process Engineer at Intel Corporation.
  • Eman Shreteh, MS in Biomedical Engineering, May 2018.

B.S. Graduates

  • Dr. Rinaldi has served as research mentor for 110 undergraduate students, of which 82 (75%) are under-represented minorities, 56 (51%) are female, 33 (30%) have continued to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering, and 3 (3%) are currently in faculty positions.