I am interested in developing methods to improve current in vitro brain models that could enable better insight into development, function and disorders of the brain. As a visiting graduate student in the Lewis Lab, I am working on the vascularization of human cerebral organoids using 3D printing and genetic engineering approaches.
University of California-Merced, Bioengineering, BS
I work with the bioprinting team and am interested in scaling up our kidney organoid models to print scalable, vascularized tissues. I also aim to develop improved proximal tubule models for disease modeling and drug screening.
In my research I combine stem cell-derived kidney cells with micro-physiological systems. Thereby, I aim to develop a physiologically relevant model of the proximal tubule for drug-screening and disease modeling.
Boston University, Biomedical Engineering, BS NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I am interested in the relationship between structure and function at the micron-scale in living tissues. My research investigates 3D printed biodegradable elastomeric grafts that can be remodeled into mechanically anisotropic tissues in vitro and in vivo. Currently, I am working with the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary to design tympanic membrane grafts with tailored motion patterns in response to acoustic stimuli. Eventually, we hope that this technology will improve hearing outcomes following tympanoplasty surgery.
University of California at San Diego, Electrical and Computer Engineering, MS University of California at Berkeley, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, BS
As a PhD student at Harvard Medical School who is co-advised by Professor Lewis, my work focuses on gene-regulation and cell-lineage decision making in the early mammalian embryo. In collaboration with the Lewis group, I am interested in how maternal in vivo conditions can be recapitulated in vitro.
Mount Holyoke College, Chemistry & Math, BA NSF Graduate Research Fellow
I am working on programming 3D shape change in actuators by controlling molecular orientation at the filamentary scale while programming structure at the macroscopic scale via direct ink writing. I am especially interested in developing 3D liquid crystal elastomer actuators for use in soft robotics.
As part of the bioprinting team, I am investigating printing of hierarchical blood vessel systems with complex cellular interactions. Scaling up the bioprinting approach to incorporate biologically relevant geometries and cellular variety could be the next step towards building functional tissues mimicking complexity and organization of tissue physiology.
University of Waterloo, Mechanical Engineering, BASc Research Fellow
The setup and fine tuning of all the different parameters in additive manufacturing often takes much longer than the actual print itself. I am interested in the development of novel additive manufacturing systems with process feedback to decrease setup time, increase printing throughput and optimize print quality.