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Date(s) - 02/23/2024
9:00 am - 10:00 am


David Flores-Prieto 

Arizona State University   




Sasha Hakhu 

Arizona State University   






Alex Morales 

Arizona State University 






Date: Friday, February 23, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: PSH 152


Come to the BME PhD Student Speakers Panel. This week, three current SBHSE students share their experience in the program and the current research that they are conducting.


David Flores-Prieto: David Flores-Prieto is a PhD candidate working in the Stabenfeldt Lab. He received his BS, Biomedical Engineering from Tecnológicode Monterrey in Mexico. Afterward, he worked for Johnson & Johnson’s Communications, Cardiovascular & Specialty Solutions Group in the Failure Analysis Laboratory, testing medical equipment utilized in the field. He then received his MSc in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from University College London in the UK, where he researched electrospray polyurethane-hydroxyapatite bioactive coatings for orthopedic implants. Now, he is pursuing his PhD working in nanoparticle-based strategies to study and treat traumatic brain injury in the Stabenfeldt Lab.

Sasha Hakhu: Sasha Hakhu obtained her Bachelor of Engineering degree from Mumbai University and an M.S. from Arizona State University in biomedical engineering. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Dr. Scott Beeman’s lab at ASU with her research interests primarily focused on the use of diffusion magnetic resonance in quantifying brain microstructure.

Alex Morales: Alex Morales is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Madeline Andrews. She earned a BSE and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University in 2019 and 2023. Her MS thesis research, under the guidance of Dr. Madeline Andrews, focused on the study of glucose metabolism in human cortical cell differentiation using in vitro and in vivo PSC models. Her PhD research is an extension of her MS work, where she will continue to investigate the dynamics of glucose metabolism in the context of human cortical development.