Sandra Liliana Arias Suarez

Department Department of Bioengineering

Sandra got her BS at the University of Antioquia, Colombia. She joined the RSSEL Laboratory in 2012 at Purdue University, where she got a position as research assistant. There, she conducted toxicological research on nanoparticles and emergent platforms for vascular applications. Currently, she is a PhD student at UIUC and her research is focused on exploring the physiochemical and mechanical properties of biointerfaces obtained by plasmas for tissue engineering applications.


  • BS Bioengineering, University of Antioquia. Medellin, Colombia
  • M.S. Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016)

Thesis: Fabrication and Characterization of a Magnetic Bacterial Nanocellulose for Neurovascular Reconstruction of Cerebral Aneurysms.


  • Biointerfaces based on plasmas for the regeneration of damaged or lost tissues.

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue engineering


  • International scholarship awarded by the Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias), Colombia.