My scientific interest lies in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
I am currently working as a Scientist II at GC Therapeutics after a post-doctoral training with Dr. Rebecca Willits at Northeastern University, where I worked on optimizing electrical stimulation to reduce visual degeneration in glaucoma. My doctoral work focused on investigating the influence of synthetic microenvironments on stem cell fate. So, we looked at using peptides and protein isoforms as alternatives for whole proteins used in embryonic stem cell culture and neural differentiation. Using a similar defined and synthetic microenvironment, we mimicked essential components of the adult neural stem cell niche and assessed the influence of these niche components in directing stem cell fate. And as of June 2021, I have completed an NSF-funded coop/internship at STERIS and I am excited to use these skills and experiences in a new collaborative environment/community.