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University of Arizona Senior Earns SynCardia's 1st Annual Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship
Date:1/14/2014

TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A University of Arizona senior whose aim is to develop medical devices that monitor heart health is the first recipient of the Anna Salazar Memorial Engineering Scholarship presented by SynCardia Systems, Inc.

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Sandra Gonzalez of Tucson, who received $5,000 from the new scholarship program, will graduate from the UA in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering.

"Since after my freshman year I've always had a passion toward cardiovascular research," says Gonzalez, who is supporting herself as the first in her family to graduate from high school and attend a university. "I really appreciate the scholarship, which will help me continue my education."

Gonzalez's interest in cardiovascular-related devices grew after she toured Tucson-based SynCardia, the privately held manufacturer of the world's first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved temporary Total Artificial Heart and the wearable Freedom® portable driver.

"I thought maybe I'd like to work for a company similar to SynCardia," she says.

Gonzalez has had extensive research training. In 2012, she co-published an article with Jeffrey T. La Belle, Ph.D., "The Development of an At-Risk Biosensor for Cardiovascular Disease," in Biosensors Journal. La Belle is an assistant professor at the Arizona State University Biodesign Institute.

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