PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University
An analytical chemist by training, my undergraduate research involved examining the affinity of zinc finger proteins to lead. My research interest in targeted drug delivery was greatly influenced by my work in a clinical stem cell lab at the NY Blood Center, where we focused on the isolation of CD34+ cells from Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells of apheresis products. While pursuing my masters degree, I joined the Mathiowitz lab at Brown University, where I learned techniques of polymeric nanoencapsulation and investigated factors affecting interaction of nanoparticles with gastrointestinal mucin for the purpose of developing novel oral drug delivery systems.
My interest in the Tadross lab stemmed from a deep fascination with the DART method—specifically, its ability to provide cell-type and molecular specificity, and its potential use in a variety of pharmacological applications. The objective of my Ph.D. at Duke University is to optimize the efficiency of DART and develop blood-brain-barrier permeable DART technologies for non-invasive systemic delivery of genetically targeted therapeutics.
I spend most of my free time at the playground with my kids. I speak four languages, but am always willing to study more. My latest project: to learn how to ride a bike.
BS in Chemistry, minor in Biochemistry, CUNY, 2011
MSc in BME, Brown University, 2017
Sr. Lab Assistant at Stem Cell lab, NY Blood Center, 2011-2013