Marisa grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. She began doing research in high school, and decided to continue her education as a chemical engineering student right here in town at Oregon State. Here at OSU, Marisa holds several officer positions in the Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering Club, is recruitment chair for OSU’s Relay for Life event, and serves as chair and member of Benton County’s Public Health Planning and Advisory Committee. She loves serving the community through her sorority, hanging out with friends, and going on runs in Corvallis’ beautiful hills.
Over the summers Marisa has done research in chemical engineering laboratories on campus, and also co-authored several papers in Oregon Health & Science University’s biomedical engineering department. Her main research interests involve hematology and biofilm rheology — the more medical side of chemical engineering. In the upcoming years, she will be participating in an internship through MECOP and finishing up her Honors College thesis on blood platelet research.