ABOUT ME


I am a Nano- and Quantum Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Fellow working with the Nanoscale and Quantum Photonics Lab at Stanford University on topics of quantum optics, quantum electrodynamics, color center systems and scalable solid-state photonics. My career goal is to leverage my science, leadership and educational training to launch a competitive and inclusive photonics research program conjoined with an interactive coursework.

In my graduate work, I explored silicon carbide and color center quantum photonics through modeling, nanofabrication and confocal photoluminescence under the supervision of Prof. Jelena Vučković at Stanford University. I hold a Ph.D. in applied physics and undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science. I have investigated optics and solid-state physics internationally at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Oxford University, Austrian Academy of Science, Polish Academy of Science, Helmholtz Center Berlin and Belgrade Institute of Physics. My studies have been generously funded by the Stanford Graduate Fellowship in the US, and the undergraduate fellowships at the University of Belgrade and the Union University in Serbia. I was honored with the Best Student Presentation award at the OSA Nonlinear Optics Conference in 2015, 30 Under 30 Up-and-Coming Physicists by Scientific American in 2012, Prof. Dr. Ljubomir Cirkovic award for the best undergraduate thesis in physics at the University of Belgrade in 2011, and the First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics award by Polish Academy of Sciences in 2005. 

In addition to research, I am passionate about scientific outreach, inclusion and community organizing. As a co-president of the Stanford Optical Society and an organizer of the annual Stanford University Photonics Retreat, I connected optics students across eight science and engineering departments. To increase the level of inclusion in STEM fields, I served as a Stanford Graduate School Diversity Recruiter and a Women in Photonics events planner. With the outreach team I co-chaired, I promoted science to 10,000 Bay Area K-12 students by visiting schools and presenting at science festivals. I am proudest of my students who overcame personal challenges and prepared their first science fair posters. Finally, I greatly enjoy teaching and advising undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford, and implementing new peer-learning methods in the classroom.