Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Beatriz Peñalver Bernabé, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Bioengineering. She received her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Northwestern University and completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago and the University of California San Diego. Her research is focused on translational applications in female reproductive biology. In a transdisciplinary group, she has brought her expertise in statistical and computational methods to tackle complex women’s health disorders. With an instrumental Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Award, her training was concentrated on the human microbiome, the microorganisms that reside inside us, and their associations with human physical and mental health. Her initial studies aimed to establish the relationships between depression during pregnancy and postpartum and the evolution of the maternal microbiome during the perinatal period. As a BIRCWH scholar, Dr. Peñalver Bernabé will continue working on perinatal depression in light of the maternal microbiome and further expand her research in perinatal women’s mental health, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse.
Dr. Peñalver Bernabé’s Research Profile