Maude Cuchiara grew up in Pittsboro, NC and attended North Carolina State University. Go Wolfpack! There, she majored in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. As an undergraduate she balanced her studying by playing club soccer and conducting research in the entomology lab of Dr. Fred Gould. During the summer of 2004, she participated in an REU program at Rice University and worked in the West Lab.
Maude returned to the West Lab in 2006 to pursue a PhD in bioengineering. During her time at Rice she participated in numerous intramural sports, coached the Rice women's club soccer team, and volunteered with the Graduate Student Association. She also interned at the National Science Foundation and the Baker Institute for Public Policy's Science and Technology Policy Program publishing several policy articles regarding stem cell research.
After receiving her PhD, Maude happily took the lab manager position in the West Lab. She now conducts research for the tissue engineered heart valve project and continues her work with the Baker Institute remotely. During her free time, Maude likes to backpack, read, and play/watch sports.