2018 - Present
Postdoctoral Training -- Northwestern University
Research Advisor: Prof. Chad A. Mirkin
Elucidated key molecular and nanoscale design rules for controlling the interaction of SNAs with biological systems.
Pioneered the concept of rational vaccinology, wherein the most potent vaccine components are arranged in maximally immunogenic structural orientations on the molecular level.
Developed spherical nucleic acids (SNAs) as immunotherapeutics for triple-negative breast cancer.
2012 - 2018
Ph.D., Chemistry -- University of California, San Diego (M.S. completed 2014)
Research Advisor: Prof. Nathan C. Gianneschi
Determined fundamental molecular parameters required for the generation of biohybrid materials that site-specifically interact with proteins, cells, and tissues with high affinity.
Invented and established a generalizable, synthetic carrier strategy for small molecule cargo based on naturally evolved molecular interactions between long chain fatty acids and serum proteins (patents granted and published).
Pioneered inflammation-directed, shape-shifting drug-loaded nanomaterials for their ability to form long-lasting drug depots in tumor tissue.
2008 - 2012