Augusta obtained a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University in 2010, and she recently obtained her Ph.D. in Bioengineering (January 2015). Her thesis work involved the development of assays for the detection of proteases directly in blood for diabetes, shock, cancers, cardiovascular and coagulation disorders. She has coauthored several peer-reviewed papers, and is currently working on several others, a patent, and a book-chapter. Augusta is a TEDx fellow; she gave her TEDx talk in 2012 about how innovation can promote development in her country, Venezuela. She has also conducted research in l’Institut Curie in Paris, in the identification of innovative protein targets for triple negative breast cancer. Augusta currently lives in Paris, where she will start her post-doctoral position this summer.
Augusta loves sports, and practices tennis regularly, is an avid runner and will participate in the half-marathon in Paris, and enjoys surfing. A fun fact about Augusta is that she sold over 200 pizzas this January in Lausanne, Switzerland.