Rodrigo Rangel

Commercial Translation Associate

Supports the Michigan-Pittsburgh-Wyss Regenerative Medicine Resource Center, specifically the CCL-22 project team.

DDS candidate at the University of Michigan

University of Michigan
Conducts independent research on non-carious cervical lesions

Education and Experience

Rodrigo is a DDS candidate at the University of Michigan and founder of the Michigan Dental Device Club. Currently, he supports the University of Pittsburgh's sciVelo team as a Commercial Translation Associate and conducts independent research on non-carious cervical lesions. Rodrigo received an MS in Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering from the University of Southern California, a BSE in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan. Prior to dental school, Rodrigo worked in product development, market research, and tech transfer. Rodrigo is devoted to innovating within the fields of dental, oral and craniofacial medicine and welcome conversations with his peers in these fields.


DDS, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, Expected 2023
MS, Medical Device and Diagnostic Engineering, University of Southern California, August 2017
BSE, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, April 2016
Certificate in Entrepreneurship, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, April 2016

Research Experience

Independent Researcher, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
Department of Biological and Materials Sciences & Prosthodontics
Supervisor: Geoffrey Gerstner, DDS, MS, PhD

Research Assistant, University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Stamps School of Art & Design
Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences & Endodontics
Supervisor: Elisabeta Karl, DDS, MS, PhD

Clinical Research Assistant, U-M Frankel Cardiovascular Center
Department of Pediatric Cardiology
Supervisor: Martin Bock, MD

Research Assistant, University of Michigan College of Engineering & Medical School
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Supervisor: C. Alberto Figueroa, PhD

Rangel, R. & Theoharis, T. (2021). Accelerating dental innovation by applying lessons learned from leaders in dental technology companies and education: a perspective. Manuscript accepted for publication, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

Commercial Translation Experience

Michigan Dental Device Club

Founder and President
  • Founded a student organization focused on educating dental professionals on the basics of product development, intellectual property, and FDA regulations by modeling the Stanford Biodesign process.

    University of Southern California Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Coulter Intern
  • Set up strategic, multidisciplinary partnership meetings between USC research faculty.
  • Analyzed USC technology transfer portfolio holdings and market environment.

    USC Stevens Center for Innovation

    Licensing Intern
  • Reviewed scientific literature and patents of physical science technologies.
  • Authored one-page marketing documents catered towards non-technical backgrounds.

    University of Michigan Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Clinical Peer Mentor Fellowship
  • Selected as one of two inaugural fellows out of 30 applicants.
  • Refined 60+ medical device ideas into 3 senior engineering capstone projects and consulted senior design teams on initial designed as a project liaison.

    Marketing Intern, Roche Tissue Diagnostics

  • Created internal marketing toolkit to train salesforce on Roche cervical cancer products.
  • Assessed reimbursement and healthcare policy changes in Brazil and China.
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    Clinical and Translational Science Institute Program Manager

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