Research Experience

Academic Research

NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Research Assistant (2015 – present)
Prof. Daniel Anderson, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Synthesizing stimuli-responsive polymers and formulating biomaterials forglucose-responsive insulin delivery.
Keywords: Drug delivery, responsive biomaterials,  nanotechnology, diabetes

Whitaker International Fellow (2013 – 2014)
Prof. Tuomas Knowles, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
Fabricated core-shell microgels from protein nanofibrils using microfluidic techniques, characterized their structure, and determined their utility in the field of drug delivery.
Keywords: Protein microgels, drug delivery, nanofibrils, mirofluidics

Undergraduate Research Assistant (2011 – 2013)
Prof. Yadong Wang, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
Fabricated and characterized porous scaffolds for applications in soft tissue engineering using thermally induced phase separation of a ternary system.
Keywords: Tissue engineering, poly(glycerol sebacate), thermally induced phase separation

Amgen Scholar (2012)
Prof. Suzie Pun, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington
Synthesized a reduction-sensitive block copolymer and characterized its use as an efficient gene vector in HeLa cells.
Keywords: DNA delivery, block copolymers, ring-opening polymerization, atom transfer radical polymerization

Industrial Research

Graduate Engineering Consultant (2016)
MedImmune, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Developed software for analyzing and displaying hydrogen deuterium exchange data.
Keywords: Hydrogen-deuterium exchange, visualization, software development

Graduate Engineering Consultant (2016)
Woodside Energy, Perth, Australia
Simulated and optimized novel mixed refrigerant cycle for the liquefaction of natural gas.
Keywords: Natural gas, refrigerant cycle, simulation, optimization

Chemical Engineering Intern (2011)
The Lubrizol Corporation, Wickliffe, Ohio
Optimized production of copper corrosion inhibitors by reducing formation of byproducts.
Keywords: Copper corrosion inhibitors, statistical analysis, optimization