My research utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to explore and exploit the physical properties of biological soft matter systems. Through investigating the biophysical properties of cells, multicellular communities and their microenvironments, my group seeks to reveal connections between the physical properties of living systems and their disease states and to utilize these findings to develop biological control strategies, therapeutics and diagnostics. We are particularly focused on using our soft matter approach to address bacterial infection prevention and control.
My approach to teaching focuses on creating an inclusive learning environment where every student is capable of succeeding and active learning tools are used to engage students within the classroom. Beyond the classroom, the emphasis on project-based learning at WPI is highly effective for enabling students to apply the tools learned in their coursework to real world problems. Advising student projects within my research lab allows me to coach students through the process of formulating research questions and applying the theory learned in the classroom to their work in the lab. It is a great honor and privilege to teach and mentor the next generation of WPI chemical engineers!