I am a chemist combining technical expertise in DNA nanotechnology with a strong focus on outreach and policy. My research specialty is materials applications of DNA nanotechnology. Specifically, I develop dynamic nucleic acid systems with the ability to respond to and control their chemical and physical environment in intricate ways. I also develop the computational methods by which these systems can be designed.
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.
I also contribute to Wikipedia, mainly on scientific and policy-related articles, and am a member of the Board of Directors of the Wikimedia District of Columbia local chapter.
Download my curriculum vitae.
Download the abstract for my Ph.D. thesis, "Design and synthesis of dynamically assembling DNA nanostructures".
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