M.S. in Chemistry at Pennsylvania State University, 2004
B.S. in Chemistry at University of California, Irvine, 2001
B.S. in Biological Sciences at University of California, Irvine, 2001
I have been working as a general chemistry lab instructor at Penn State University since 2004. Before that, as a graduate student, I worked in Dr. Christine Keating’s lab at Penn State developing a method to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms on barcoded nanowires. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine, I worked in Dr. Reginald Penner’s lab researching the chemistry of nanoparticles on various surfaces using AFM and STM. During this time, I also worked at a biotech company in Irvine, Ca discovering unique ways to attach various biomolecules to different surfaces to be used in the detection of assorted biomarkers.
As evidenced by the above, my passion is working in the chemical field with a specific emphasis on a biological context. I enjoy teaching these concepts to a new generation of students. My passion for the sciences stem from me having Tourette’s Syndrome. Since being diagnosed at the age of 7, I have been interested in the scientific world. Knowing that Tourette’s is a neurological disorder, I have been intrigued by how biological processes work, and the chemistry behind it.