PhD Student

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2020

Felicia Rodriguez is entering the Ph.D. program in Biological Engineering at MIT this Fall. She graduated with University Honors in Spring 2020 from New Mexico State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering and minoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She intends to use her diverse research background in chemistry, engineering, and biology to further our knowledge in the biomedical field. She helped create a mentoring and tutoring program within the Chemical Engineering Department at NMSU and hopes to continue that work at MIT.


  • Nader Morshed, William T. Ralvenius, Alexi Nott, L. Ashley Watson, Felicia H. Rodriguez, Leyla A. Akay, Brian A. Joughin, Ping-Chieh Pao, Ja Penney, Lauren LaRocque, Diego Mastroeni, Li-Huei Tsai, Forest M. White. (2019) “Comparative phosphoproteomics reveals microglial Siglec-F inflammatory response during neurodegeneration”. Preprint.
  • Nader Morshed, Meelim Lee, Felicia H. Rodriguez, Douglas Lauffenburger, Li-Huei Tsai, Diego Maestroni, Forest White. (2019) “Quantitative phosphoproteomics identifies dysregulated kinase networks in Alzheimer’s disease”. In preparation.
  • “Examining Siglec Signaling in Alzheimer’s Disease”- American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Conference, Orlando, FL, November 2019
  • “Examining Siglec Signaling in Alzheimer’s Disease” – MIT Summer Research Program Presentations, Cambridge, MA, August 2019
  • “Using Fluorescence Lifetime-based Flow Cytometry to Profile Metabolism in Cultured Cells” Undergraduate Research at Creative Arts Symposium, NMSU April 2019
  • “Direct Structural Comparison of Type II and Type III Taste Cells from Mouse Taste Buds” – Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting Diversity Session, San Diego, CA, November 2018
  • “Synthesis and Characterization of Molybdenum Complexes Using Thiosemicarbazone Ligands” – International Molybdenum and Tungsten Enzyme Conference, June 2017


  • 3rd Place Poster Presentation: Food, Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology Category American Institute of Chemical Engineers National Conference – Presented White Lab Research. November 2019