My research focus areas include biomaterials, drug and gene delivery, and diagnostics. In my research lab, we apply concepts including lipid and polymeric material assembly, molecular interaction studies, and engineering cellular microenvironments. We use these skills to address critical unmet needs, particularly in the area of women’s health. The goals of my research include improving the understanding of pharmaceutical and environmental toxicant interacts at the maternal-fetal interface, developing techniques that lead to early and non-invasive prenatal diagnostics, and formulating therapeutics for a range of conditions impacting women’s health.
In the classroom, I strive to create an inclusive and accessible learning environment that celebrates a diversity of backgrounds and identities. My goal as an educator is for all students to be able to succeed and continue in their career with a strong reference skill set and the ability to think critically and creatively. I mentor students within the project-based learning environment at WPI as well as in my research lab, and it is so rewarding to see the impact WPI students are making in their communities.
I am looking forward to joining the Chemical Engineering Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2022!