Case Western Reserve University
Kenya Alfaro is a PhD graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at Case Western Reserve University. She is interested in restoration of somatosensory feedback in persons with tetraplegia using intracortical microstimulation. Kenya graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. As an undergraduate, Kenya’s research included working with homeless individuals from the Long Beach rescue center to investigate correlations between homelessness and adversity factors (i.e. traumatic brain injury, incarceration, and neuroatypical diagnoses). Kenya also performed research during the summer at University of Georgia where she observed the reaction of mitochondria when introduced to respiratory viruses, and at Brown University where she explored stem cell regeneration as a pathway to regenerate cartilage in osteoarthritis.