I earned my doctorate from the University of California Santa Barbara in the field of Materials Science. My PhD work involved the strategic development of new materials to help package DNA for delivery to mammalian cells. We used a combination of physical, chemical, and biological tools to correlate the structure and properties of these materials with their efficacy to deliver foreign DNA. As a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute in Goettingen, Germany, I created new microfluidic tools which helped to experimentally access the self-assembly and behavior of proteins in flow. I am currently a science policy fellow working in the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO). The NNCO is a central point of contact for the National Nanotechnology Initiative, which is an interagency group consisting of over 20 federal agencies with an interest in nanotechnology.
Nanoscale phenomena, Health and medicine, Environment, Energy, Societal implications, Safety, Careers in nano, Consumer products, Envisioning the future