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Manuel Ochoa is a post-doctoral researcher at Purdue University and senior scientist at SmartGait LLC. He received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) in 2009. Since then, he has conducted research with the Ziaie Biomedical Microdevices Laboratory at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), where he earned a M.S.E.C.E degree in 2012 and subsequently a Ph.D. in 2016. His research focuses on the development of low-cost, scalable, multifunctional, microsystem platforms for medical applications, with particular emphasis on transdermal delivery of therapeutics and the treatment of chronic dermal wounds. During his graduate and post-graduate career, he has co-authored over 50 publications in world renowned journals and international conferences as well as a book chapter. He has also mentored 7 undergraduate student researchers and two master’s students (during their thesis work), and he has led research teams on multi-institutional research endeavors focusing on the development of scalable manufacturing processes for next-generation wound dressings (NSF EFRI BioFlex and NextFlex PC 1.0). Most recently, Dr. Ochoa joined startup company SmartGait LLC as the principal investigator for a Phase I SBIR award, where he focused on R&D and business development for translation of an electronic healthcare device from the lab to the end users.