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PhD Student

Sebastian Hendrickx-Rodriguez

Research Interests

The outermost layer of skin, known as the stratum corneum (sc), is the primary barrier responsible for both protecting us against a wide range of environmental threats and maintaining proper hydration levels within our body. After millions of years of evolution, the sc has fine-tuned its biomechanical and barrier properties by forming a detailed, hierarchical structure with length scales spanning several orders of magnitude. I am interested in how various external factors, such as changes in the environment and application of cosmetic formulations, affect this structure and in turn the sc's properties. By elucidating the structure-property design principles of this thin film, I hope to strategically engineer novel treatments and appliques.


  • Amelia Y Bryan, E Brandon Strong, Sumanth Kidambi, Shane Gilligan-Steinberg, Ross Bennett-Kennett, James Y Lee, Annabel Imbrie-Moore, Stephen C Moye, Sebastian Hendrickx-Rodriguez, Hanjay Wang, Reinhold H Dauskardt, Y Joseph Woo, Michael R Ma, "Biomechanical analysis of the Ross procedure in an ex vivo left heart simulator", World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery, 2022.
  • Sebastian Hendrickx‐Rodriguez, Sophie Connetable, Barbara Lynch, Joseph Pace, Ross Bennett‐Kennett, Gustavo S Luengo, Reinhold Dauskardt, Anne Potter, "From decoding the perception of tightness to a clinical proof of soothing effects derived from natural ingredients in a moisturizer", International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2022.
  • Klinglesmtih III, D.A., Hendrickx, S. (2018). Asteroid Lightcurve Observations at Etscorn Observatory. Minor Planet Bulletin, 45(2), 162-165.
  • Klinglesmith III, D.A., Hendrickx, S., (2016). The Binary Nature of 8077 Hoyle. Minor Planet Bulletin, 43(3), 264-264.

Conference Presentations

  • S. Hendrickx-Rodriguez, J. Pace, C. Berkey, and R.H. Dauskardt, “The Effects of Film-Forming Polymers on Biomechanical Function of Human Skin" World Congress of Biomechanics, July. 2022


  • 2021-Present, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)
  • 2018-2021, Stanford Graduate William R. and Sara Hart Kimball Fellow (SGF)
  • 2018-Present, Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Doctoral Fellow
  • 2017,  Abraham and Esther Brook Award for Excellence in Physics, New Mexico Tech


Ph.D. Stanford University, Mechanical Engineering, in progress
B.S. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Physics, 2018
B.S. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Mathematics, 2018



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