A California native, Bianca graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a BS in Science-Business and a minor in Science, Technology, and Values. She originally planned to become a pediatrician, but dissections in biology lab sophomore year made her realize that medical school was not the most viable of post-graduation options. However, considering her still-intact passion for helping others, Bianca remained determined to pursue a career in healthcare.
Following graduation, Bianca enrolled in the ESTEEM Program to strengthen her business acumen. Under the guidance of Dr. Kasturi Haldar and Dr. Shahir Rizk, Bianca’s capstone thesis evaluated the potential commercialization of the Rare Health Exchange - a collaborative currently run by the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases at Notre Dame. The Rare Health Exchange serves the traditionally marginalized rare disease patient community by working with patients to establish the natural histories of their diseases.
During her time in ESTEEM, Bianca also interned with enFocus, a non-profit management consulting company in South Bend, where she helped develop two novel community health programs aimed at reducing chronic disease re-admissions for local healthcare providers. After graduating from ESTEEM, Bianca continued her work with enFocus as an Innovation Consultant, working in community and population health management in addition to other projects with local non-profits and law enforcement. Utilizing experience gained while in ESTEEM, she also worked with other members of enFocus to design a larger study and business plan for a community health program that tackles diabetes. Bianca then worked as Operations Manager at enFocus, responsible for the company’s accounting, legal, and HR functions, in addition to growing a new service offering for clients.
Currently Bianca is a Physical Therapy student at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.