I am currently a 4th year PhD student at the University of California, Riverside in Dr. Bahman Anvari's biophotonics lab. My dissertation research deals with functionalizing erythrocyte-derived nanoparticles in order to specifically target various cells types, including some solid tumors and lesional endothelial cells in port wine stains. Before beginning graduate school I completed my undergraduate studies in biochemistry at Harvey Mudd College.
I have been able to see firsthand how ASLMS supports graduate students since beginning my graduate career. Many of my colleagues have received student grants, presented their research at an ASLMS conference, and spoke highly of the opportunities ASLMS offers. I therefore became an ALSMS member in 2018 and am honored to now be serving on the board as an Early Career Scientist Representative. I hope to help promote medical laser research, while advocating for other young scientists in the ASLMS community.
Outside of research I am an avid fitness enthusiast and enjoy skiing, cycling, and have recently taken up rock climbing! I also enjoy traveling, playing board games, and reading.