Home

Angel J. Santiago-Lopez

I am a Bioengineer

Bioengineering is a discipline in which creative individuals can come together and solve biological problems. Even with a diverse skill set, bioengineers excel by being comfortable applying engineering principles to biology.

The interdisciplinary nature of this discipline has allowed me to wear multiple hats in the lab. Hats for chemical engineering, cell biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology. Sometimes wearing all at the same time.

Interdisciplinary Scientist

I enjoy problem-solving through interdisciplinary science. My goal is to leverage this expertise to contribute to the development of new therapies in biotech.

As a bioengineer, I have expertise in mammalian cell culture, cell-based assays, neurodegeneration, and AAV-based gene delivery.

As a chemical engineer-neuroscientist-bioengineer, I excel at creating value within multidisciplinary environments and cross-functional teams.

Towards a career making medicines

Professional Training in Biotechnology

SMDP Biotech Scholar

ASCB Biotech Management Course at KGI

Emory Biotech Consulting Club

I-CORPS Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop

Business of Regenerative Medicine


PhD Research | Translational Research in Neurology

My dissertation focuses on characterizing how neurons respond to disruption in protein homeostasis and using this information to engineer targeted gene therapies.

My advisor, Dr. Robert Gross, is a neurosurgeon and principal investigator of the Translational Neuroengineering Lab. Our research group focuses on the development of new strategies (biological or device-based) to treat Parkinson’s Disease and different forms of epilepsy.

Predoctoral Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship ($138K)
  • Georgia Tech Presidential Fellowship ($22K)
  • NIH Fellowship Translational Research-Neurology ($45K)

In 2019, I published a career column in Nature sharing what I’ve learned designing, executing, and troubleshooting projects as a PhD student.


Selected as part of Best of the Briefing by Nature readers

In the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric. Read feedback posts

Communication across disciplines

I’ve had the opportunity to present my work to the following audiences:

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Horizons in Molecular Biology at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
  • Emory Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
  • The New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School

Professional Development & Community Building

SMDP Biotech

Year-long program with an industry mentor for career coaching and professional development in the biotech industry. In-person training during BIO2018

Yale Ciencia Academy

Year-long professional development program featuring virtual conversations with successful scientists, career planning, science outreach, networking opportunities, and extensive community building.

NSP Fellowship

A professional development program with the following benefits:

  • Two years of complimentary SfN membership
  • Travel award to attend the SfN annual meeting each fall during the two-year program
  • Up to $1,500 in enrichment funds to support allowed professional development activities
  • A mentoring team consisting of a senior mentor and a member of the Diversity in Neuroscience Subcommittee. The team will discuss a fellow’s research, career plans, and overall experience.