Maria Navas-Moreno

Raman, optical, fluorescence microscopy system design and applications expert

Maria has over 10 years of experience developing instrumentation and applications for Raman microspectroscopy. Raman systems she has built range from simple micro-spectrometers to multi-foci systems that speed up Raman imaging up to 100 times. Maria has also developed applications in medicine, biology and the bioceuticals industry. using both spontaneous and Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS).

Maria has experience working with industry and academia customers getting prime information from Raman spectroscopy and imaging, and consulting on everything related to the experimental design from sample preparation and data acquisition to analysis and reporting. She also has thorough experience implementing routines to automate the data acquisition, organization, and display of imaging datasets, designing graphic user interfaces (GUIs) for custom built microscopes, and analyzing and visualizing large and complex datasets using machine learning.

Maria is also deeply involved in entrepreneurship outreach. She's organized 7 Techstars Startup Weekends events where for a weekend people from all different backgrounds try the startup culture, validate ideas and network.

Education

Ph.D in Physics. Univerisity of Utah 2011

M.S. in Biomedical Sciences. Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) 2007

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) 2006

B.S. in Physics. Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia) 2004

In the Media

Bioimaging: nanoparticles versus traditional tags. Editorial at Microscopy and Analysis (2017) | Link

Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Nanoparticles for Live Cell Imaging Microscopy Applications. Editorial Feature at AZO Nano (2017) | Link

Startup Weekend Sacramento turns innovative focus on health tech [Interview]. Sacramento Bee (2016) | Link

Maria Navas-Moreno, 2014 Keller Entrepreneurship Academy Fellow [Interview]. University of California, Davis (2014) | Link