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. Unachukwu, U.; Warren, A.; Zhou, J.;, Li, Z.;  Mishra, S.; Sauane, M.; Lim, H.; Vazquez, M.;  Redenti, S.; ‘Molecular signaling guiding photoreceptor precursor cell migration following transplantation into damaged retina,’ Nature Scientific Reports 2016 Mar  3;6:22392


   2.    McCutcheon S.; Unachukwu U, Thakur A, Majeska R, Redenti S, Vazquez M, ‘In Vitro Formation of Neuroclusters in Microfluidic Devices and Cell Migration as a Function of Stromal-Derived Growth Factor 1 Gradients.’ Cell Adh Migr. 2016 Jan 8:0.


   3.    Beck C, Singh T, Farooqi A, Venkatesh T, Vazquez M., ‘Controlled microfluidics to examine growth-factor induced migration of neural progenitors in the Drosophila visual system,’ J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Dec 29;262:32-40.


   4.    Mishra S.; Thakur A.; Redenti S.; Vazquez M., A model microfluidics-based system for the human and mouse retina,’ Biomed Microdevices. 2015 Dec;17(6):107.


   5.    Rico-Valera J.; Singh T.; McCutcheon S.; Vazquez M.,’EGF as a therapeutic target for medulloblastoma metastasis,’ Cell Mol Bioeng 2015 July 1; Volume 3, Issue 2, pp323. Cell Mol Bioeng. 2015 Dec;8(4):553-565

 Dec 23;8(12)





      Most Recent Research Support


1. National Eye Institute (NEI)

Photoreceptor Integration via Chemotactic Honing

Princpal Investigator: Maribel Vazquez, Sc.D.

Supports Development of microfluidics to examine photoreceptor chemotaxis


2. 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  






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