BONE Lab Personnel

Smriti Natarajan


My name is Smriti Natarajan and I began working in Dr. Rodrigues’s lab in Spring 2019. I am currently working on understanding and studying bacterial adhesion on dental implant materials. Working in the BONE Lab has helped me learn a lot about my field as a pre-dental, biology student at UTD. Along with working in lab, I love to play the piano, read, and volunteer in my community and around campus. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in dentistry and get my DDS! I really look forward to learning and doing more research under Dr. Rodrigues.

David Qin


My name is David Qin and I joined Dr. Rodrigues’s lab in the summer of 2021. In my time at the lab, I have learned a lot about the dental field and many interesting things about the biological aspects of dental prosthetics, such as implant corrosion, osseointegration, and potential causes of why implants may fail. Currently, I am learning about how certain factors may increase the risk of peri-implantitis, and how certain techniques can aid in the prevention of many oral diseases. I have also been learning about the use of an ionic liquid on implant surfaces to increase the chance of a successful implant operation. I am looking forward to learning more about all these things. In my free time I like to swim, lift weights, read, and listen to music.

Evelin Rios


Hi! My name is Evelin Ríos and I just finished my 3rd year at The University of Texas at Dallas as a Biomedical Engineering student. I joined Dr. Danieli Rodrigues BONE Lab (Biomaterials for Osseointegration and Novel Engineering) in June 2021 . I am currently involved on a research that focuses on how to improve the osseointegration of titanium implants for Diabetic population. We particularly investigate the delivery of new immunomodulatory molecules on implantation/surgical sites. In my free time I enjoy self care (sleeping), watching movies and doing arts and crafts. In the future I hope to continue my studies as a grad student and then work as a clinical engineer. I am very excited to be apart of the lab and hope to continue learning from all the grad students.

Adeena Qureshi


My name is Adeena Qureshi. I began working in Dr.Rodrigues’s lab in Summer 2021. I am currently working on understanding the high risk of diabetes on orthopedic implant failures in rats. Working in the BONE lab has helped me greatly in research, and help me towards my medical goals. Along with working in the lab, I enjoy, group fitness, dance cardio, and volunteering. I hope to pursue a career in the medical field as a doctor and get my MD. I am looking forward to working more in the lab and develop a strong love of research in my undergraduate years under Dr.Rodrigues.


Former Students