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Hello world! I grew up eating blue crabs on the east coast of the US around Washington D.C. For undergrad, I decided to venture out to the Midwest and experience what St. Louis had to offer. I received my Bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) in May 2016 while conducting dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) research under Professor Alexander B. Barnes. After graduation, I continued to work with Prof. Barnes as a research technician developing DNP NMR hardware and methods.

In the fall of 2017, I decided to move further west to California for graduate school (and to enjoy the weather). This time, I switched gears and chose to explore electrochemistry more in depth. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. For the past two years, I have been working with Professor Reginald M. Penner to develop point-of-care biosensors. This interdisciplinary project has proven to be challenging yet stimulating.

Outside of lab, I enjoy spending time outdoors, particularly on long bike rides. Last fall, I completed my first century ride, the Pacific Coast 100 from Irvine to Torrey Pines then back to Carlsbad. It was a long and fun experience. When I'm not on my bike, you can find me hiking trails, exploring new restaurants/foods, traveling, and reading on my Kindle.

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