Sandra Gonzalez's summer research gains attention

November 14, 2012

Sandra Gonzalez, a 2010 graduate of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, spent the summer after her freshman year as a biomedical engineering major at the University of Arizona getting hands-on research experience at Arizona State University.  Her research accomplshments have resulted in a scientific publicaiton that will soon appear in the Biosensors journal.  During her summer research experience, Sandra collaborated with Jeffrey La Belle, an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University.  Together, they determined the electrochemical properties of a biomarker that is shown to correlate with cardiovascular disease, known as neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin.  These electochemical properties established design criteria for a biomedical device that will detect cardiovascular disease.  Details about her experiences are available at  Since her 2011 summer research experience, Sandra has joined the CAMEL to conduct analystical research that pertains to MRI contrast agents.