I am a chemist combining technical expertise in nanotechnology with a strong focus on outreach and policy. My research specialty has been in materials applications of DNA nanotechnology. Specifically, I developed dynamic nucleic acid systems with the ability to respond to and control their chemical and physical environment in intricate ways, and the computational methods by which these systems can be designed. My current research interests involve technologies for detection and analysis of toxic airborne nanomaterials.
I am also active organizing the improvement of STEM content on Wikipedia, both as a board member of Wikimedia District of Columbia and as a consultant for the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Office of the Director. In both of these capacities I lead in-person training workshops to translate reliable scientific knowledge into Wikipedia.
I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory to work on developing smart optical materials using dynamic DNA nanotechnology. Before that, I was a Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. I did my dissertation work in Peng Yin's lab at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. Before that, I worked in the labs of David Liu at Harvard, Peter Dervan at Caltech, James Heath also at Caltech, and Nadrian Seeman at NYU.
Download my curriculum vitae.
Download the abstract for my Ph.D. thesis, "Design and synthesis of dynamically assembling DNA nanostructures".
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