I have formal training in both biology and engineering, which has allowed me to develop a unique combination of skills. During the course of my education, I learned three things that have shaped my research interests: (a) a well-designed experiment, rather than a ‘fishing expedition’ is key to obtaining insights in complex multicellular phenomena, (b) we need predictive models that can help us quantify transport and signaling in cells and in tissues, and (c) for such models to be relevant and inform new experiments, they must be rooted in biological facts and not phenomenology. My Ph.D. training in biological sciences was a departure from the traditional engineering career path but I believe that move shaped my research interests and has put me in a position where I can develop mathematical models that are reflective of the underlying biology and communicate with biologists, physicists and engineers with great ease.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award 2015
UCSD EDI Excellence Award to New Faculty 2015.
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, SME 344G
Jacobs School of Engineering
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
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