Current Graduate Students
I strive to expand the toolkit for anaerobic cellular imaging. In particular, I engineer LOV (light-, oxygen-, voltage-sensing) proteins for lower toxicity, increased brightness, and an expanded color palette. Improvements in these areas can help bring the power of fluorescent imaging to low-oxygen systems previously inaccessible to oxygen-dependent fluorescent sensors (e.g. Green Fluorescent Protein), such as the mammalian gut or solid tumor cores.
I am from Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BS in Mathematics. At Kentucky, I studied substrate binding in starch- and cellulose-degrading proteins. Outside my research, my interests include swimming, water polo, hiking, trombone, and cooking.
Tools and Techniques: protein engineering, cloning, molecular dynamics, fluorescence microscopy, fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)
I am investigating the synthesis and optimization of non-precious metal heteroatom-containing porous carbon materials. These conductive graphitic materials have proven to be both comparable to industrially employed oxygen reduction reaction catalyzing material in fuel cells, and promising grey water filtration materials. Additionally, I am investigating the structuring of conductive polymers for use in solar panel like applications.
I am from Scottsdale, AZ, and originally from Corpus Christi, TX. I graduated from Arizona State University in 2016 with a BSE in Chemical Engineering. I interned as a materials research engineer at the Boeing Co. where I discovered my interest in pursuing a PhD. Outside of research I enjoy the beach, spending time in down town Santa Barbara, fishing, archery, skeet/trap, and trying new restaurants or bar with friends.
Tools and Techniques: Nitrogen sorption, Thermogravimetric analysis (MS), Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Wide and Small angle X-ray diffraction, graphitic carbon and porous silica (SBA-15) synthesis.
In my research, I am generating novel single-cell sequencing techniques, including the sequencing of epigenetic marks like 5mC and 5hmC. These techniques can be used to quantify cell to cell heterogeneity in a sample, and are currently being used to understand early mouse embryogenesis.
I am from Philadelphia, PA and did a joint BS/MS program in chemical engineering at Drexel University. There I was a NCAA Division I swimmer and held three 6-month long internships at Merck, Dow Chemical, and Neutrogena. Outside of research, I enjoy playing Super Smash Bros. Melee, and learning new skills. Most recently, I have been trying to master throwing a boomerang.
Tools & Techniques: Single-cell/Low Input DNA & RNA Sequencing, Epigenetic Sequencing, Lineage Tracing, Perl, & Bioinformatics
I am advised by Todd Squires and am currently focusing on the mechanical properties and morphology of lung surfactant monolayers in response to an array of conditions hypothesized to play a role in lung surfactant inactivation. I am using microbutton microrheology techniques developed in the Squires group to probe the mechanical properties of the surfactant monolayer on an aqueous interface in tandem with fluorescence microscopy to study the evolution of the surfactant morphology.
I received my undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Arizona State University in 2015. In my time there, my undergraduate research focused on the understanding Mg-Al alloy corrosion and designing a method for corrosion protection. One of my most enjoyable experiences there was interning in both the personal care and home care divisions in the R&D department in Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. Outside of the workplace, I really enjoy baking treats and making candy; as a true Ohio native, buckeyes are one of my favorite candies and I do my best to share them with the department as often as I can! I also really enjoy playing softball and going to the local batting cages.
Tools & Techniques: microbutton microrheology, fluorescence microscopy, SAXS, transient UV-vis, NMR