EDUCATION

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

B.S., Biochemistry -- West Chester University