Villegas

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Leonela Villegas

Dr. Leonela Villegas

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2012
Undergraduate Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Currently Employed By:
Updates: I finished my Pediatrics Residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in June 2019! I decided to stay at CHOP and pursue my Pediatric Nephrology fellowship with a focus on global health.

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Leonela Villegas

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2012
Undergraduate Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Currently Employed By: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Resident – PL2
Updates: I’m currently in the 2nd year of my Pediatric Residency at CHOP and enjoying the challenges that come with higher acuity patients!

I am slowly figuring out where my interests lie and deciding between Primary Care and Nephrology. However, my passion for Global Health is my main driving factor and I was able to participate in a Primary Care elective in the Dominican Republic last year. I look forward to engaging in different experiences within the next year and a half!

Rowe Alumni Spotlight: Leonela Villegas

UConn Year of Graduation (Undergraduate): 2012
Undergraduate Major(s): Chemical Engineering
Currently Employed By: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Fourth Year Medical Student
Updates: I am currently in my fourth year of medical school and will be matching into Pediatrics on March 18th! I am couples matching with Diego Aviles, who is going into Ob/gyn. It has been a long and stressful (yet exciting!) interview process, but we are excited to see where we end up training for the next 3-4 years πŸ™‚

We have been traveling a lot since 4th year is the best year! We have been in Virginia, Connecticut, New Orleans for Mardis Gras, Miami, Jamaica, Thailand (end of March), and will be headed to Europe in May with my family!

2008 Rowe Scholar: Leonela Villegas

Leonela Villegas
Leonela Villegas

Leonela Villegas is from Colchester, Connecticut, though both of her parents are from Peru and she makes annual trips to Lima to visit family. She has also traveled to the Amazon, Machu Picchu, and Cancun. She is a proud graduate of Bacon Academy High School where she performed with the dance team and volunteered at Youth United for Survival. At UConn she will be majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in pre-medicine.

Rowe Researcher: Biofilm-Forming Bacteria

Leonela Villegas conducting research.
Leonela Villegas conducting research.

Summer 2010: Determining the Effect of Spacing in Protection of Staphylococcus aureus by Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

By Leonela Villegas and Leslie Shor, Ph.D.

The research that I have been conducting since the summer of 2010 includes the observation of two different types of biofilm-forming bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Using a quad microfluidic device that simulates a controlled environment, I observed the interactions between these two bacterias at various distances from one another when being in contact with Tobramycin to ultimately compare these results to other types of antibiotics. Continue reading