Bioengineering department welcomes systems reproductive biology expert Beatriz Penalver to faculty

Beatriz Penalver

The Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering has expanded its already extensive research portfolio through the hiring of systems reproductive biology expert Beatriz Penalver.

Penalver, who will serve as an assistant professor in the department, received her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Murcia in Spain, her master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and completed her PhD at Northwestern University.

In addition to her academic background, Penalver spent several years serving as a lead polymer process development engineer with General Electric in both Spain and in the U.S. She holds five patents for the production and purification of polyetherimides.

Penalver said she is focused on understanding multicellular dynamic biologic complex systems in reproductive biology. She is currently applying her engineering and data science expertise to track and understand the complex relationships between mental health, endocrine, neurological and immunological systems, and gut microbiome during and after pregnancy.

“I feel very privileged to be part of the bioengineering department at UIC, which will be an extraordinary environment for our inter-disciplinary research in systems reproductive biology,” Penalver said. “I believe that through collaborations with UIC’s top researchers, including microfluidics, tissue engineering, women’s mental health, nursing, and obstetrics, and in conjunction with outstanding core facilities, we can revolutionize women’s reproductive health.”


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Penalver noted she has available positions for undergraduate, master, PhD, and postdoctoral students in her lab. Students with backgrounds in bioengineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, nursing, neuroscience, biology, and psychology are encouraged to contact her at for more information.

“We are currently looking for talented, independent, highly motivated, and eager-to-learn individuals to work on our interdisciplinary lab,” Penalver said. “Students with interests in clinical research, specifically reproductive biological engineering, data science and/or systems biology are encouraged to apply.”