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Karla Santacruz Gomez

Visiting Scientist
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.University of California, San Diego (UCSD).


PhD. Materials Science, Centro de Investigación de Materiales Avanzados, CIMAV.

M. Sc. Health Science. Degree Cum Laude. Universidad de Sonora.

B.S. Chemical Biology. Degree Cum Laude. Universidad de Sonora.

Project: Nanomaterials for sensing in biological enviroments

Research Interest: Nanodiamonds, AFM, Raman spectroscropy, SERS

Awards and Distinctions
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship (2015-2016) Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología.
  • SNI C. (2015-2017). National Researchers System (SNI)
  • Professor with desirable profile (2013-2016). RPOMEP.
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Award (2009). Universidad de Sonora. 
  • Honor degree Cum laud ( 2009) Universidad de Sonora
  • Honor degree culm laude (2008). Universidad de Sonora.
Selected Publications
  1. Benayas, A., del Rosal, B., Pérez‐Delgado, A., Santacruz‐Gómez, K., Jaque, D., Hirata, G. A.,& Vetrone, F. (2015). Nd: YAG Near‐Infrared Luminescent Nanothermometers. Advanced Optical Materials.
  2. del Valle, J. C., Camarillo, E., Martinez Maestro, L., Gonzalo, J. A., Aragó, C., Marqués, M., K. Santacruz-Gomez...& Jaque, F. (2015). Dielectric anomalous response of water at 60° C. Philosophical Magazine, (ahead-of-print), 1-8.
  3. Santacruz-Gomez, K., Silva-Campa, E., Álvarez-García, S., Mata-Haro, V., Soto-Puebla, D., & Pedroza-Montero, M. An AFM Approach of RBC Micro and Nanoscale Topographic Features during Storage. (2015) International Journal of Medical, Health, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Engineering 8(8).
  4. del Rosal, B., Haro-González, P., Ramsay, W. T., Maestro, L. M., Santacruz-Gómez, K., Iglesias-de la Cruz, M. C.& Jaque, D. (2013, September). Heat in optical tweezers. In SPIE NanoScience+ Engineering (pp. 88102A-88102A). International Society for Optics and Photonics.
  5. Haro‐González, P., Ramsay, W. T., Maestro, L. M., del Rosal, B., Santacruz‐Gomez, K.Sanz‐Rodríguez, F., ... & Paterson, L. (2013). Quantum Dot‐Based Thermal Spectroscopy and Imaging of Optically Trapped Microspheres and Single Cells. small, 9(12), 2162-2170. 
  6. Santacruz-Gomez, K., Melendrez, R., Castaneda, C., Barboza-Flores, M., & Pedroza-Montero, M. (2013, January). Viability of Lymphocyte of Gamma Irradiated Blood. (2012). Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. 31-33. 
  7. Santacruz-Gomez, K., Manzano, C., Melendrez, R., Castaneda, B., Barboza-Flores, M., & Pedroza-Montero, M. (2012). Assessment of OEP health's risk in nuclear medicine. In MEDICAL PHYSICS: Twelfth Mexican Symposium on Medical Physics. 1494 (1): 79-81. AIP 

Conference Presentations
  1. VIII International Science Conference. August, 2014. Venecia, Italia.  An AFM Approach of RBC Micro and Nanoscale Topographic Features during Storage.
  2. 2013 MRS Fall Metting Program and exhibit. December 1-6 Boston, Massachussets. Morphological changes in gamma irradiated red blood cells tracked by AFM and nanodiamond bio-labeled.
  3. 2nd International Symposyum on Nanosciences and Nanomaterials. Ensenada, Baja California. 08 de Marzo del 2013. Optical Trapping Heating Effect in Lymphocytes.
  4. Hasselt Diamond Workshop 2013 SBDD XVIII. Hasselt, Bélgica, del 26 de Febrero al 03 de Marzo del 2013. Correlation Between Morphology and Oxygenation States of Human Red Blood Cells Assisted by Nanodiamonds 
  5. XIX International Summer School Fluorescent Nanoparticles in Biomedicine. Julio 2012.Madrid, España. Concentration effects in fluorsecent nano-diamonds/water solution for biomedical applications. 
  6. 2012 World Congress on  Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering. Beijing, China May 26-31, 2012. Viability Of Lymphocyte Of Gamma Irradiated Blood.
  7. XII Mexican Sympsosium on Medical Physics. Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México. March 16-18 2012. Assesment of OEP Health´s in Risk in Nuclear Medicine.
  8. XLVII Congreso Nacional De Medicina Nuclear. Ciudad de México, Mayo 2012. 
  9. 8th International Topical Meeting on Nanostructured Materials and Nanotechnology. Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, México. Mayo 2011. Lymphocyte of Gamma Irradiated Blood Viability. Evaluated by FC-NFA.
  10.  3rd International  Conference Smart Materials, Structures & Systems. Acireale, Sicilia, Italy 2008. Biodosimetry of Gamma-Irradiated Human Blood.
  11. III International Physics Congress. Hermosillo, Sonora, México. Octubre 2007 Radiation  Biodosimetry of Irradiated Human Blood.