Women in Nano event this Wed., March 8

Join us this International Women’s Day, March 8, for networking and a discussion with College of Engineering Dean Ayanna Howard and Natalia Higuita-Castro, an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering.


Save the Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Event begins at 3:30 p.m. Networking and reception will follow the talk. Room E100, Scott Laboratory


This International Women’s Day, March 8, Dean of Engineering Ayanna Howard and Prof. Natalia Higuita-Castro will discuss successes, challenges and opportunities in their own careers and for women in STEM and fields related to nanotechnology.

The goal for Ohio State Women in Nano (WIN) is to create a supportive community of women, network, and to grow interest in the micro and nanotechnology-related fields.

The event will be open to students, faculty, staff, and some industry guests. We will be focused on the challenges and opportunities for those who identify as women in nano-related fields, but the event is open to everyone who supports our mission of empowering women in nano.

This event is presented by Ohio State’s Nanotech West Lab and the Institute for Materials and Manufacturing Institute (IMR).


Dean Ayanna Howard leads conversation with Natalia Higuita-Castro, assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Higuita-Castro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Ohio State, where she spearheaded the development of novel models to simulate the alveolar microenvironment and their implementation to characterize cellular and inflammatory responses during mechanical ventilation, as well as the study of novel pharmaco-protective and biomolecular therapies for ventilator induced lung injury. During her postdoctoral training at the Department of Surgery and the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, she participated and led interdisciplinary research in the fields of lung inflammation, miRNA therapeutics, and direct cell reprogramming. Dr. Higuita-Castro is a HHMI Med into Grad scholar, and an American Heart Association and NIH T32 fellow. Dr. Higuita-Castro’s research focuses on Nanomedicine and Extracellular Vesicle (EV)-based nanocarriers for therapeutic applications, including lung injury and back pain. Over the past years, this effort has yielded multiple intellectual property filings led or co-led by her lab. Dr. Higuita-Castro’s work highlights the significant potential of engineered EVs as next generation nanocarriers for gene therapy applications.

Have a question about the event?

Contact: Aimee Price, Nanofabrication Manager at Nanotech West Lab