MS Bioengineering/ PhD Bioengineering
Danieli Rodrigues received her BS Degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Brazil in 2005. She then joined the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, Syracuse – NY, receiving her MS in 2007 and PhD in 2010. Her graduate research focused on orthopedic biomaterials, primarily working on the characterization of corrosion and failure mechanisms of hip implants and development of acrylic two-solution bone cements for treatment of spinal compression fractures. From 2010-2012, Dr. Rodrigues worked as Senior Research Engineer in the Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Research Department at Zimmer Inc, Warsaw – IN. As a Research Engineer with the medical device industry, she developed test methods for performance verification and validation of new designs of hip and knee prostheses and related surgical instrumentation. Dr. Rodrigues joined the Department of Bioengineering at UT Dallas as an assistant professor in the Fall 2012.
Orthopedic and dental biomaterials; development of bone cements for implant fixation and bone augmentation; failure mechanisms in modular total-joint and dental implants; corrosion and its association to pseudotumor and peri-implantitis development; biocompatible and antimicrobial coatings for orthopedic and dental implants.