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Dr. Ana Cartaya successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Antioxidant Response Activating nanoparticles (ARAPas): Treating Arterial Disease in 3D” under the guidance of Edward Bahnson, PhD, on October 31.

Ana Cartaya presents at her PhD defense in front of a slide of an aorta
Ana Cartaya presents at her PhD defense.


The Use of Acute Immunosuppressive Therapy to Improve Antibiotic Efficacy against Intracellular Staphylococcus aureus. Beam JE, Maiocchi S, Cartaya A, Rowe SE, Bahnson ESM, Conlon BP.Microbiol Spectr. 2022 Jun 29;10(3):e0085822. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.00858-22. Epub 2022 May 16.PMID: 35575507 Free PMC article.

Antioxidant Response Activating nanoParticles (ARAPas) localize to atherosclerotic plaque and locally activate the Nrf2 pathway. Maiocchi S, Cartaya A, Thai S, Akerman A, Bahnson E.Biomater Sci. 2022 Mar 2;10(5):1231-1247. doi: 10.1039/d1bm01421h.PMID: 35076645 Free PMC article.

The Impact of Research Culture on Mental Health & Diversity in STEM. Limas JC, Corcoran LC, Baker AN, Cartaya AE, Ayres ZJ.Chemistry. 2022 Feb 16;28(9):e202102957. doi: 10.1002/chem.202102957. Epub 2022 Jan 24.PMID: 35075707

Delivery of Cinnamic Aldehyde Antioxidant Response Activating nanoParticles (ARAPas) for Vascular Applications. Cartaya AE, Lutz H, Maiocchi S, Nalesnik M, Bahnson EM.Antioxidants (Basel). 2021 Apr 29;10(5):709. doi: 10.3390/antiox10050709.PMID: 33946889 Free PMC article.

Pharmacokinetics and biodistribution of a collagen-targeted peptide amphiphile for cardiovascular applications. Kassam HA, Bahnson EM, Cartaya A, Jiang W, Avram MJ, Tsihlis ND, Stupp SI, Kibbe MR.Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2020 Dec;8(6):e00672. doi: 10.1002/prp2.672.PMID: 33090704 Free PMC article.

Interaction of amphiphilic coumarin with DPPC/DPPS lipid bilayer: effects of concentration and alkyl tail length. Kalyanram P , Ma H , Marshall S , Goudreau C , Cartaya A , Zimmermann T , Stadler I , Nangia S , Gupta A .Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2020 Jul 21;22(27):15197-15207. doi: 10.1039/d0cp00696c. Epub 2020 May 18.PMID: 32420558

Nanotherapies for Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease: A Case for Antioxidant Targeted Delivery. Cartaya A, Maiocchi S, Bahnson EM.Curr Pathobiol Rep. 2019 Sep;7(3):47-60. doi: 10.1007/s40139-019-00196-4. Epub 2019 Jun 27.PMID: 31396435 Free PMC article.

Awards, Honors & Highlights

Pharmacology Student Scholar Award, 2021

F31 fellowship from the National Health Lung and Blood Instittue (NHLBI), 2021

Young Investigator Award for the Society for Redox Biology and Medicine (SfRBM), 2019


Below are pics from Dr. Cartaya’s thesis defense, PHCO white coat ceremony and celebratin.


We wish you all the best, Ana!