Jorge Mojica Santiago

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, 2012

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University, 2015


In his first year, Jorge works in scaling-up the fabrication of tissue engineered intervertebral discs using alginate and collagen scaffolds. He analyzes the discs using biomechanical, biochemical, and histological techniques. He is also interested in characterizing the poroelastic behavior of the composite construct using computational models.


Honors and Awards

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Cornell University SAGE Fellowship
  • NSF Bioengineering REU at UC San Diego
  • NIH RISE-2-BEST at UPR Mayaguez

Posters and Presentations

  • Mojica-Santiago, J.A. and Sundaram, P.A. “Biomechanical Properties of Bovine Intervertebral Discs Under Combined Compressive and Torsional Loadings” 2011, BMES Annual Meeting
  • Mojica-Santiago, J.A., Villongco, C.A., Gonzales, M.J., Krummen, D.E., Frank, L.R., and McCulloch, A.D. “Reconstructing Patient-Specific Models of the Dyssynchronous Failing Heart using CT and Diffusion Tensor MR Images” 2011, BMES Annual Meeting

Personal bio

Jorge grew up in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico where he pursued painting in his spare time and enjoyed running by the beach or exploring rainy forests through the island. He acquired his enthusiasm formentoring and tutoring with the Counseling and Orientation Department, ASME, and BMES. After he joined Cornell, Jorge continued his involvement with academic and professional activities through SHPE and BMES.