Ana Calderon

Mentor: Dr. Tammy Euliano
College of Medicine
 
"I have always loved the humanitarian side of medicine and am fascinated by how the human body works. However, it was not until the start of my studies at the University of Florida that I realized the vital role research plays both historically, and in the present day. When I came across Dr. Euliano's research project, I knew I had found a project that incorporates a large part of my research interests. There is a focus on maternal-fetal health, demonstrating the genesis of life and the path of human development, and also a part that expands upon my knowledge of global health. Combined, these two pieces further push my desire to serve developed and developing parts of the world as a future physician. Researching this past year has given me the opportunity to not only apply invaluable clinical skills, but also work with a team that has a common goal. I thank the University Scholars Program for the opportunity to continue learning and taking part in a study that is not only important to me and humanity, but also important to the advances in medicine."

Major

Biology, Public Health

Minor

Health Disparities in Society

Research Interests

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Maternal, Fetal, and Child Health
  • Nutrition

Academic Awards

  • UF Presidential Service Award: Community Development
  • Dean's List
  • Tribune Scholar, R.F. "Red" Pittman Scholarship 2013
  • AP Scholar Award

Organizations

  • Virology Club
  • American Medical Student Association

Volunteer

  • Free Health Clinic Volunteer: Judeo Christian Clinic, ACORN Clinic, Equal Access Clinic
  • Camp Boggy Creek
  • UF Health Volunteer: Child Life

Hobbies and Interests

  • Nutrition and Fitness
  • Music
  • Art History/Interior Design
  • Family and Friends

Research Description

Prediction of Preeclampsia with the use of the Electrocardiogram and Photoplethysmography
Preeclampsia is a condition that can develop after 20 weeks gestation; although, in some rare cases it can develop before. The most common maternal and fetal consequences are high blood pressure and protein in urine during pregnancy, as well as edema and neurological symptoms: for example, severe headaches, light sensitivity, nausea, and even seizures. The risk for preeclampsia is even higher if women have preexisting conditions of hypertension, obesity, diabetes, gestational diabetes, multiple fetus, liver disease, and/or kidney disease. Despite these very important factors in the prediction of preeclampsia, the exact causes of preeclampsia are unclear, unfortunately. This makes it very difficult to develop a treatment or cure; therefore, the only currently known cure is premature delivery, which raises infant mortality. Note, however, that if the symptoms of preeclampsia are predicted prior to them becoming severe, preterm delivery can be greatly reduced.