Carly S. Filgueira, PhD

Carly is an Assistant Professor in Nanomedicine and Cardiovascular Surgery. She received her doctoral degree in Chemistry from Rice University and was a Postdoctoral fellow and Research Associate at Houston Methodist. Dr. Filgueira is currently interested in finding alternative treatment approaches for physiological disorders through sustained release harnessing nanotechnological approaches. Outside the lab, she coupons, hunts for treasure, and chases after her two boys.

Yareli Carcamo

Yareli is a Research Assistant in the Filgueira Lab. She double majored in Biology & Chemistry from the University of Houston-Downtown and is currently pursuing her MS in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Florida. Before joining the Filgueira Lab, Yareli worked as a Research Technician in Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. She is working on projects related to bone growth and heart repair after myocardial infarction. She is the lab expert when it comes to rodent handling as well as animal maintenance. Yareli’s scientific interests include cancer metabolism, mammary gland biology, as well as pharmacology. Outside the lab, Yareli is a competitive weightlifter, collects lipstick and cute stationary, and enjoys following her favorite bands around East Texas.

Rossana Terracciano, MSc

Rossana is a Graduate Research Fellow pursuing her doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering and is a PhD candidate in electronic engineering through a joint program between Politecnico di Torino and Houston Methodist. Before arriving in Houston, Rossana worked on ophthalmologic medical devices with Prof. Danilo Damarchi. Her project in the Filgueira lab involves functionalization and characterization of gold nanoparticles and study of their biodistribution in rodent tumors. She is the lab expert on data processing and figure generation. Rossana’s scientific interests include nanomedicine, biosignal and bioimage processing, and medical devices. Outside the lab Rossana plays the harmonica and ukulele, sketches and paints, and enjoys cooking.

Amber Lee Royal

Amber Lee is a Research Assistant in the Filgueira Lab. She majored in Biology at Baylor University. Before joining the Filgueira Lab, Amber Lee volunteered at Houston Methodist as a temperature screener during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is the Filgueira Lab’s pop culture expert. Her scientific interests include nanomedicine, pulmonology, as well as gene therapy. Outside of the lab, Amber Lee enjoys baking, sewing, and collecting records.


Zachary Smith

Research Assistant

(08/2016 – 05/2017)

Presently Clinical Engineer at Houston Methodist

Francesca Ferraro

Visiting Graduate
Research Fellow

(04/2017 – 12/2017)

Presently Quality Engineer
at u-blox

Veronica Vighetto

Visiting Graduate
Research Fellow

(10/2017 – 05/2018)

Presently PhD student at Politecnico di Torino

Nicola Di Marzio

Visiting Graduate
Research Fellow

(10/2017 – 05/2018)

Presently Intern at
AO Foundation

Matteo Hirsch

Visiting Graduate
Research Fellow

(03/2018 – 10/2018)

Presently PhD Candidate at EPFL

Nicola Ferrante

Visiting Graduate
Research Fellow

(09/2018 – 05/2019)


Dennis Wang

Research Assistant

(08/2018 – 06/2019)

Formerly Undergraduate Summer Intern

(05/2016 – 08/2016)

Presently Medical Student at
UT – El Paso

Sara Ricchetti

Visiting Graduate
Research Fellow

(09/2019 – 03/2020)

Sara is pursuing her master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering through a joint program between Politechnico di Torino and Houston Methodist. Sara graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. She is a Jill of all trades working on fabrication of metal and polymeric drug encapsulated particles, performing RNA extraction, and maintaining various cell lines. She was the lab expert in compiling and executing lab protocols and creating group presentations and posters. Sara’s scientific interest include fabricating nanoparticles and biomaterials, cancer models and therapies, and drug delivery systems. Outside the lab, Sara enjoys cooking, traveling and trying new restaurants, and watching medical dramas. Although her stay was shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she was a valuable asset to the lab and continued to help with data analysis from Italy to complete her Master’s thesis.

Intern at Johnson & Johnson

Marc Sprouse, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

(11/2018 – 07/2020)

Marc obtained his PhD in Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Filgueira Lab. Prior to joining the Department of Nanomedicine, Marc investigated the metastatic potential of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and their survival in the blood microenvironment. His studies identified a bidirectional paracrine mechanism with circulatory immune cells (MDSCs) which promote CTC dissemination and metastatic potency. Marc’s research in the Filgueira Lab utilized his expertise in cancer and molecular biology and focuses on nanoparticle technology and its ability to enhance immunotherapy. While not in the lab Marc enjoys spending time with his Wife and Son, exploring the outdoors, and reading.

Presently Research Associate at Baylor College of Medicine

Silvania Teixeira, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

(07/2019 – 07/2020)

Silvania was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Filgueira Lab. She obtained her doctoral degree in physiology and performed postdoctoral training at the University of Sao Paulo, USP, Brazil. The work done from her previous postdoctoral studies resulted in several publications. She was awarded scholarships from the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). Prior to joining the Filgueira Lab, she was a Research Assistant in the Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine. Silvania’s expertise is in molecular and cellular biology techniques, and designing and performing animal studies. Her scientific interests include nuclear hormone receptor signaling and its involvement in diabetes and metabolic diseases. Outside the lab, Silvania enjoys watching movies and taking her daughter to the park.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Aileen Carcamo

HS Summer Research Intern

(06/2020 – 08/2020)

Aileen was one of five high school summer research interns selected for the summer of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the internship had to be virtual. Aileen learned about academic research, how to navigate PubMed, and how to peer review a scientific paper. She is a K-pop and anime enthusiast, participates in her school choir and debate, and loves spending time with her three cats and two mice. She is interested in physiology and certain parts of chemistry (not the math). She is in the top 10% of her class at her high school and plans to major in Biology when she enters college.

High School Student