Brisa Peña, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Medicine-Cardiology

Graduate Schools :
  • PhD, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2012)
  • MS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2009)
  • BChE, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua - Mexico (2007)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Medicine-Cardiology

Professional Titles

  • Research Assistant Professor

Recognition & Awards

  • NHLBI K25 award, NIH (2020)
    This K award aims to test a more efficient method to deliver regenerative miRNAs for cardiac tissue engineering.
  • AHA SFRN Heart Failure Fellow, AHA (2017)
    Training award to study fibrosis in tissues using atomic force microscopy (AFM)
  • Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA), AHA (2016)
    Minority Travel Stipend, AHA 2016. Scientific Sessions
  • Clinical Cardiology Minority Travel Grant, AHA (2015)
    Clinical Cardiology Minority Travel Grant AHA 2015 Scientific Sessions
  • Cardiovascular Outreach Award, BCVS (2015)
    Cardiovascular Outreach Award BCVS 2015 Scientific Sessions
  • NIH/NHLBI RHL116906 Minority Award Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research, NIH (2014)
    This grant aimed to develop novel biomaterials for cardiac tissue engineering
  • NIH/NHLBI T32 2 T32 HL 7822-16 Training Award, NIH (2014)
  • URV Extraordinary Doctorate Award (Premi extraordinari de doctorat), URV (2013)
    Best PhD thesis from the Department of Engineering at the URV
  • NIH/NHLBI T32 T32HL072738 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Training Grant, NIH (2012)
    Training grant to develop Injectable hydrogels for medical applications
  • Ph.D Scholarship from the MAEC and AECI, MAEC/AECI (2009)
    Ph.D Scholarship
  • MS Scholarship from the MAEC and AECI, MAEC/AECI (2008)
    MS Scholarship
  • Lignocarb grant ALFA II 0412 FAFI, ALFA II 0412 FAFI (2007)
    Interchange Scholarship: Lignocarb grant ALFA II 0412 FAFI


  • Borin D, Peña B, Chen SN, Long CS, Taylor MRG, Mestroni L, Sbaizero O. Altered microtubule structure, hemichannel localization and beating activity in cardiomyocytes expressing pathologic nuclear lamin A/C. Heliyon. 2020 Jan;6(1):e03175. PubMed PMID: 32021920
  • Peña B, Maldonado M, Bonham AJ, Aguado BA, Dominguez-Alfaro A, Laughter M, Rowland TJ, Bardill J, Farnsworth NL, Alegret Ramon N, Taylor MRG, Anseth KS, Prato M, Shandas R, McKinsey TA, Park D, Mestroni L. Gold Nanoparticle-Functionalized Reverse Thermal Gel for Tissue Engineering Applications. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2019 May 22;11(20):18671-18680. PubMed PMID: 31021594
  • Laughter MR, Bardill JR, Ammar DA, Pena B, Calkins DJ, Park D. Injectable Neurotrophic Factor Delivery System Supporting Retinal Ganglion Cell Survival and Regeneration Following Optic Nerve Crush. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2018 Sep 10;4(9):3374-3383. PubMed PMID: 31431919
  • Peña B, Laughter M, Jett S, Rowland TJ, Taylor MRG, Mestroni L, Park D. Injectable Hydrogels for Cardiac Tissue Engineering. Macromol Biosci. 2018 Jun;18(6):e1800079. PubMed PMID: 29733514
  • Borin D, Pecorari I, Pena B, Sbaizero O. Novel insights into cardiomyocytes provided by atomic force microscopy. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2018 Jan;73:4-12. PubMed PMID: 28687239
  • Peña B, Bosi S, Aguado BA, Borin D, Farnsworth NL, Dobrinskikh E, Rowland TJ, Martinelli V, Jeong M, Taylor MRG, Long CS, Shandas R, Sbaizero O, Prato M, Anseth KS, Park D, Mestroni L. Injectable Carbon Nanotube-Functionalized Reverse Thermal Gel Promotes Cardiomyocytes Survival and Maturation. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2017 Sep 20;9(37):31645-31656. PubMed PMID: 28895403
  • Peña B, Martinelli V, Jeong M, Bosi S, Lapasin R, Taylor MR, Long CS, Shandas R, Park D, Mestroni L. Biomimetic Polymers for Cardiac Tissue Engineering. Biomacromolecules. 2016 May 9;17(5):1593-601. PubMed PMID: 27073119
  • Laughter MR, Ammar DA, Bardill JR, Pena B, Kahook MY, Lee DJ, Park D. A Self-Assembling Injectable Biomimetic Microenvironment Encourages Retinal Ganglion Cell Axon Extension in Vitro. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2016 Aug 17;8(32):20540-8. PubMed PMID: 27434231
  • Peña B, Shandas R, Park D. A heparin-mimicking reverse thermal gel for controlled delivery of positively charged proteins. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2015 Jun;103(6):2102-8. PubMed PMID: 25294242
  • Peña B, de Ménorval LC, Garcia-Valls R, Gumí T. Characterization of polysulfone and polysulfone/vanillin microcapsules by 1H NMR spectroscopy, solid-state 13C CP/MAS-NMR spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption analyses. ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2011 Nov;3(11):4420-30. PubMed PMID: 22008282
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General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • PhD, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2012)
  • MS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (2009)
  • BChE, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua - Mexico (2007)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Medicine-Cardiology
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