Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2020
  • M.S., Bioengineering, Universitat Ramon Llull (IQS School of Engineering), 2016
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Universitat Ramon Llull (IQS School of Engineering), 2014
Licenses & Certifications
  • ISO 13485 Lead Auditor Trained
Professional Honors
  • Fellowships:
  • College of Science and Mathematics Dean’s Doctoral Research Fellowship 2019, 2020
  • Rafael del Pino Fellowship 2017 – 2019
  • BIOKIT fellowship 2014
  • Fellowship from Fundacion de Empresas IQS 2010
  • Awards:
  • Bollinger Grant from UMass Boston 2019
  • Beacon Student Success Fellowship from UMass Boston 2018
  • Herbert Lipke Memorial Endowment Travel Fund from UMass Boston 2018
  • Goranson Award from UMass Boston 2016, 2018
  • Internship Grant CRUE CEPYME award from Banco Santander 2013

Dr. Rodriguez-Quijada's expertise centers on the interface between biology and materials, with an emphasis on the evaluation of medical devices. In particular, she is experienced in product conceptualization, evaluation of product performance, investigation of microbial contamination, and customization of testing methodologies for clinical in vitro diagnostics (IVD), biosensors, and drug delivery systems. 

Dr. Rodriguez-Quijada assists clients in the identification and characterization of proteins (immunoassays, proteomics, and enzymatic assays), nucleic acids (DNA and RNA), and microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, and fungi). She has utilized her experience in the product evaluation of IVDs and biosensors, failure and root cause analysis evaluations related to medical devices, and in the investigation of microbial contaminations from consumer products, medical devices, and food products. Additionally, she has experience conducting technical due diligence by assessing the technology performance, product development strategy, and evaluating quality management systems.

Dr. Rodriguez-Quijada is also skilled in vitro and in vivo testing of materials, and utilizes imaging techniques such as SEM, TEM, fluorescence microscopy and confocal imaging to assess the performance of materials used for biomedical applications. She also has practical knowledge in nanoparticle characterization techniques such as dynamic light scattering and zeta potential.

Prior to joining Exponent, she completed her Ph.D. work in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her dissertation focused on the study of the interactions between inorganic materials and biomolecules to enhance the performance and capabilities of biomaterials used as diagnostic or therapeutic tools. Dr. Rodriguez-Quijada has published a number of papers in the fields of diagnostics and biomaterials, and has shared her research interests at several international and domestic conferences.