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Renato Sam Navarro, PhD

Incoming assistant professor at University of Florida

I am a first-generation and non-traditional student from Guadalajara, Mexico. Before pursuing a formal education, I undertook a career in the military that sparked my passion for engineering and regenerative medicine. I began my higher education at San Antonio Community College before moving to St. Mary’s University, where I majored in Biochemistry. After receiving an M.S. in Chemistry at Texas State University – San Marcos, I attended the University of Michigan, earning a Ph.D. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Currently, I am an NIH NHLBI K99/R00 Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Heilshorn Biomaterials Group at Stanford University.

My research interests lie at the intersection of chemistry and materials engineering to advance cardiovascular health. My goal is to implement sustainable chemistries for developing new biomaterials systems serving a range of biomedical applications, from delivering therapeutics in vivo to modeling cardiovascular disease in vitro.

My lab will be launching Jan. 2025 at the University of Florida, Materials Science & Engineering!

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