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PhD student

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Aug 2018 – Present Chapel Hill, NC

Project aims

  • Gain an understanding of interactions between the environment and cancer genomics by integrating genomic data and molecular biology within human studies of cancer pathogenesis and progression
  • Determine effects of genomic alterations, and develop/discover genomic determinants of response to therapy

Post-baccalaureate Researcher

Baylor College of Medicine

Jun 2017 – Jun 2018 Houston, TX

Project aims

  • Generation of broader repertoire Epstein-Barr virus(EBV)-specific T cells for EBV+ lymphomas
  • Construction of constitutive cytokine receptor that potentially improves proliferation, survival, and anti-tumor activity of genetically modified T cells during repeated exposure to tumor cells

Undergraduate Researcher

University of Delaware

May 2015 – Jun 2017 Newark, DE

Project Two: A 3D Model to Study Tumor Dormancy

  • Used biomimetic PEG-based hydrogels ranging in stiffness for encapsulation and long-term 3D culture of breast cancer cells
  • Investigated cancer cell behavior and disease progression within 3D hydrogel scaffolds

Project One: Creation of hADMSC Line Stably Expressing FRET-based Vinculin Tension Sensor

  • Compared efficacy of two nonviral transfection techniques
  • Visualized tension across cells using a FRET-based tension sensor

Honors & Awards

Program in Translational Medicine T32 Training Grant

Delaware INBRE Summer Scholars Program (DISSP)

Research Experiences to Advance Chemists in Training (REACT) Fellowships

Project SEED Summer Research Program