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Maria Alexandra Artunduaga

Maria Artunduaga is the Founder and CEO of Respira Labs, a startup focused on enhancing the quality of life for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease through connected health and machine learning.

An accomplished physician-scientist turned entrepreneur, Maria graduated top of her class from Colombia’s premier Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, ranked fifth among Latin American medical schools. She moved to the United States to pursue postdoctoral training, first at Harvard’s Department of Genetics then at the universities of Washington and California in Berkeley-San Francisco, where she obtained master's degrees in Public Health and Translational Medicine respectively.

As a former plastic and reconstructive surgery candidate at the University of Chicago, Maria’s clinical interests remain at the intersection of medicine, technology, policy, and education. She believes her multifaceted training has been crucial for her newly minted entrepreneurship career. Maria has over 12 years of combined clinical, research and technology experience, during which she has led projects funded by NIH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Colombian government.

Maria has been awarded over 20 grants, scholarships and prizes, has been published in The New England Journal of Medicine and Nature; and has presented her work internationally. She has received equity free pre-seed capital from NSF, The Andrew & Virginia Rudd Family Foundation, The University of California and VentureWell. Currently, Maria is a Founder-in-Residence at UC Berkeley-UCSF's start-up incubator programs, Skydeck and CITRIS Foundry and QB3. She was recently recognized with the "Entrepreneur Of The Year" in Silicon Valley award by Women in IT and the "Athena" award by the Women in Technology Initiative at The University of California.

Harvard Affiliation / Current Practice

  • Harvard Medical School

    Postdoctorado en Investigación en Genética Humana, 2011

Research and Professional


@DrArtunduaga martunduaga@gmail.com