Mariem del Rio

Mariem del Rio
Mentor: Dr. Tammy Euliano
College of Medicine
"I decided to get involved with research my freshman year of my undergraduate studies. This has been by far one of the best decisions I have made. I believe research innovates the mind to think outside the box and explores the science world past its limits. Research has been the reason why the world is as developed as it is today. As a future physician I know that new drugs or therapy treatments that I will be prescribing will have underlying research to them. Not only that, but even the devices that I will use to diagnose diseases will have to be tested and researched before I even use them on patients. Therefore, research will always be a part of my life. Doctors have to constantly keep up with studying new findings on diseases or treatments in order to come up with the best plan of action to cure and help the patient. "


Biology; Public Health



Research Interests

  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Obstetrics

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars 2014
  • Bright Futures Scholar 2012
  • Burger King Scholar 2012


  • American Medical Student Association
  • Gator Advocates for World Health
  • Hispanic Student Association


  • Shands Hospital Volunteer
  • American Cancer Society Hope Lodge

Hobbies and Interests

  • Reading
  • Kayaking
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences

Research Description

Photoplethysmography and Heart Rate Variability for the Prediction of Preeclampsia

IPreeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder that occurs in pregnancy that can give rise to severe consequences for both maternal and fetal health. So far, there are no definite causes of preeclampsia because they are sadly unknown, however, the only known cure is premature delivery.Our methods for this study will consist of consenting and enrolling 250 women receiving prenatal care at Women’s Health Clinic at Shands Medical Plaza to participate in a 20-minute study. In this 20-minute study, four ECG electrodes will be attached to the maternal chest for ECG recording, and a pulse oximetry probe will be attached to the women’s right middle finger. Prenatal visit collections will be performed at two to four week intervals depending on the women’s prenatal visits. Our inclusion criteria consist of women prior to 25 weeks of gestation with multi-fetal gestation, a history of preeclampsia in a prior pregnancy, gestational diabetes, first time mothers, and healthy controls.The main focus of this study is to develop a non-invasive, inexpensive bedside test that can accurately predict which women are at risk for developing preeclampsia and ultimately reduce the total number of fetal and maternal deaths, especially in the developing world.