Erika is Head of Neural Engineering at Cala Health, a California Bay Area start-up company that came out of the Stanford Biodesign program. Cala Health is a medical technology company pioneering a new class of non-invasive electrical medicines that combine peripheral nerve stimulation and sensing modalities to treat human diseases. Prior to joining Cala Health, Erika was an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As part of the Neural Engineering Laboratories, she investigated both central and peripheral mechanisms associated with nerve stimulation utilizing tools such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and fast scan cyclic voltammetry. During her tenure at Mayo, Erika also served as the Deputy Director of the Innovation Accelerator within the Surgery Research Center for Excellence. In this role, she worked closely with surgery staff across the Mayo Clinic Enterprise to identify unmet patient needs, design novel solutions, create rapid prototypes, and test efficacious medical device concepts. Erika received her Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic in Neurobiology of Disease. She also received her M.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Denver, during which she investigated the mechanisms of reactive oxygen species generation in neurodegeneration and the role of mitochondria in cytoprotection. Prior to this, Erika attended earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Business from the University of Denver.
- Cala Health
- Burlingame, CA