Paola Ruiz Puentes

Biomedical Engineering

About Me.

I am a Biomedical Engineer from Universidad de Los Andes graduated Magna Cum Laude, currently pursuing my M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Artificial Intelligence at the same university. I am a researcher at the Biomedical Computer Vision (BCV) research group and at the Center for Research and Formation in Artificial Intelligence (CINFONIA), under supervision of Prof. Pablo Arbeláez.

My main interests include drug development and discovery, molecular biology, and genetics, both in-vitro research and how to attend these problems with the aid of Machine Learning techniques. I collaborate in multiple projects with the Research Group in Nanobiomaterials, Cellular Engineering, and Bioprinting from the Biomedical Department of Los Andes University. Furthermore, I also work with a holistic understanding of surgeries, specifically on Endoscopic Surgeries and responsible and sustainable petroleum extraction employing automated Petrography.

I will be a Visiting Graduate Scholar at the Advanced Robotics and Computationally Augmented Environments (ARCADE) research group, led by Prof. Mathias Unberath PhD in JHU from January 2022 to September 2022.

Besides research, I love reading science fiction books and manual activities such as painting and bullet journaling.


Under the supervision of Prof. Pablo Arbeláez and Prof. Juan Carlos Cruz, my ongoing master’s thesis focuses on finding antimicrobial and translocator peptides to overcome microbial resistance. This research aims to merge deep learning with molecular dynamics simulations and in-vitro validation of in-silico results.

PharmaNet: Pharmaceutical discovery with deep recurrent neural networks

Paola Ruiz Puentes*, Natalia Valderrama*, Cristina González, Laura Daza, Carolina Muñoz-Camargo, Juan C Cruz, Pablo Arbeláez.
PLOS ONE, 2021
PDF | Project Page | Code

Design, screening, and testing of non-rational peptide libraries with antimicrobial activity: In silico and experimental approaches

Paola Ruiz Puentes*, María C Henao, Carlos E Torres, Saúl C Gómez, Laura A Gómez, Juan C Burgos, Pablo Arbeláez, Johann F Osma, Carolina Muñoz-Camargo, Luis H Reyes, Juan C Cruz.
Antibiotics, 2020

Tailoring Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Efficient Cellular Internalization and Endosomal Escape

Laura Rueda-Gensini, Javier Cifuentes, Maria Claudia Castellanos, Paola Ruiz Puentes, Julian A Serna, Carolina Muñoz-Camargo, Juan C Cruz.
Nanomaterials 2020

Enzyme-based electrochemical biosensors for microfluidic platforms to detect pharmaceutical residues in wastewater

Ana Lucia Campaña, Sergio Leonardo Florez, Mabel Juliana Noguera, Olga P Fuentes, Paola Ruiz Puentes, Juan C Cruz, Johann F Osma.
Biosensors 2019


Activity Recognition Winners at the MISAW Challenge 2020

MISAW Challenge, MICCAI 2020

Integrant of Team Uniandes. We won first place in the activity recognition task at the MIcro-Surgical Anastomose Workflow recognition on training sessions Challenge part of MICCAI 2020

Magna Cum Laude

Universidad de los Andes

It is granted to those students whose accumulated GPA is in the top 1% of the GPAs of the graduates of their faculty for the past five years. Universidad de los Andes.

La noche de los mejores, 2019

Ministerio de Educación, Colombia

It is granted to those students with the best scores in the graduate national exam.

Best semester GPA, 2019

Universidad de los Andes

Best semester GPA of the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Best semester GPA, 2018

Universidad de los Andes

Best semester GPA of the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Work Experience

2020 - Present

Graduate Research Assistant

Center for Research and Formation in Artificial Intelligence, Universidad de los Andes


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Universidad de los Andes


2020 - 2022

M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

Universidad de los Andes

Bogotá, Colombia

Main focus in Machine Learning.

2015 - 2019

B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering

Universidad de los Andes

Bogotá, Colombia

2018 - 2019

Engineering Leadership Program – Based on Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program

Senior Leader

Universidad de los Andes

Bogotá, Colombia


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Universidad de Los Andes
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