"I’m developing vaccines that better mimic pathogens and can activate the memory of the immune system as if it was the real thing, derived from harmless bacteria. These types of vaccines are very versatile, safe, and easy to produce. My particular project focuses on combining different immune activators on one molecule to enhance the immune response." Read more about Mariela Rivera-De Jesús
Riona Reeves, B.S. 2018, M.Eng. 2019
Riona Reeves completed her B.S. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2018 as a member of the first cohort of undergraduates, before completing her M.Eng. in BME from Cornell in 2019. As an undergraduate, Reeves was a research assistant in the Clark and Messer labs, studying gene drives, ultimately publishing five academic papers. She also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Professor Adie’s Biomedical Signals and Systems class for two years. Reeves helped co-found the undergraduate chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society at Cornell and served on the executive board. Working alongside a team of other senior BMEs, her capstone project, MousePad, won first place in the design and pitch competition at the second annual M.Eng. Industry Engagement Day.
As a graduate student, Reeves was a teaching assistant for Warren Zipfel’s laboratory course, Circuits, Signals, and Sensors. Additionally, Reeves served as a teaching assistant for James Antaki and Newton de Faria’s Performance of Design class, helping senior undergrads and M.Eng. students develop, troubleshoot, and demonstrate their capstone projects. As an M.Eng., Reeves’ capstone project won second place in the pitch competition at the third annual M.Eng. competition.
After graduating, Reeves started work at Epic, an electronic health record software company located in Verona, Wisconsin, as a technical services engineer for the laboratory informatics system application, Beaker. She works closely with customer counterparts to ensure their system operates efficiently and meets the needs of lab users, physicians, and other medical professionals. The creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills she honed while at Cornell have helped her support her current customers.