Maribel Vazquez

Maribel Vazquez




Sc.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
B.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University, 1992


Research Interests

Microfluidic Systems and Nanotechnology
Neural progenitor cell migration

Photoreceptor Transplantation

Neuromuscular Junction



Select Peer-Reviewed Publications


1.    Mishra S.; Thakur A,; Vazquez M.; ‘A model microfluidics-based system for the human and mouse retina,’ Biomed Microdevices (Accepted August 2015)


2.    Rico-Valera J.; Singh T.; McCutcheon S.; Vazquez M., ‘EGF as a new Therapeutic Target for Metastasis,’ Cell Mol Bioeng. 2015 June 1; Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 137-149.


3.    Singh T, Kothapalli C, Varma D, Nicoll SB, Vazquez M, Carboxymethylcellulose hydrogels support central nervous system-derived tumor-cell chemotactic migration: Comparison with conventional extracellular matrix macromolecules J Biomater Appl. 2014 Sep;29(3):433-41.


4.    Unachukwu UJ, Sauane M, Vazquez M, Redenti S.; ‘Microfluidic Generated EGF-Gradients Induce Chemokinesis of Transplantable Retinal Progenitor Cells via the JAK/STAT and PI3Kinase Signaling Pathways,’ PLoS One. 2013 Dec 23;8(12).


5.    Dudu V, Able RA Jr.; Rotari, V.; Kong, Q.; Vazquez M., ' Role of Epidermal Growth Factor-triggered          PI3K/Akt signaling in the Migration of Medulloblastoma-derived Cells,' Cell Mol Bioeng 2012 Dec 1; Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 402-413.


6.    Able RA Jr.; Ngnabeuye, C.; Beck, C.; Holland, EC.; Vazquez M., 'Low Concentration Microenvironments Enhance the Migration of Neonatal Cells of Glial Lineage,' Cell Mol Bioeng. 2012 Dec 1; Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 128-142.


7.    Dudu V.; Rotari V.; Vazquez M., 'Sendai Virus-based Liposomes Enable Targeted Cytosolic Delivery of Nanoparticles in Brain Tumor-Derived Cells,' J Nanobiotechnology. 2012 Feb 17;10:9.


8.    Dudu V.; Rotari V.; Vazquez M., 'Targeted extracellular nanoparticles enable intracellular detection of activated epidermal growth factor receptor in living brain cancer cells, 'Nanomedicine 2011            Dec;7(6):896-903.


9.    Kong Q.J.; Majeska RJ; Vazquez M., ' Migration of connective tissue-derived cells is mediated by ultra-low concentration gradient fields of EGF,' Exp Cell Res. 2011 Jul 1;317(11):1491-502.


10. Kong Q.J.; Able RA Jr; Dudu V.; Vazquez M.; 'A microfluidic device to establish concentration gradients using reagent density differences,' J Biomech Eng. 2010 Dec;132(12):121012.






      Most Recent Research Support


1.    National Science Foundation (NSF:CBET)


STC: Emerging Behaviors of Integrated Biological Systems (EBICS)                  


Principal Investigator: Kamm, Roger, Ph.D. (MIT)


Subcontract PI: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.                                                    


Supports development of microfluidics to examine glial-neuronal interactions in vitro




2.    Professional Staff Congress of CUNY


A micro-retina system for progenitor migration


Principal Investigator: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.                                                       


Supports development of a micro-retina microfluidic system




3.    National Institutes of Health (NIH:SCORE)


Photoreceptor cell chemotaxis in retinal transplantation


Principal Investigator: Stephen Redenti, Ph.D. (Lehman College)                                    


Subcontract PI: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.


Supports development of an in vitro migration system for transplantable photoreceptors



4.    National Cancer Institute (NCI:U54)


Systems Biology Approach to Tumorigenesis


Principal Investigator: Micor, Franziska, Ph.D. (Dana Farber Cancer Center)                 


Subcontract PI: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.                                                    


Supports use of microfluidics to identify EGF activation during in vitro migration of glioma







Maribel Vazquez
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering The City College of The City University of New York
Steinman Hall, ST-403D
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