Biography

I’m a PhD student at MIT working in the Galloway Lab. Out of all of the systems that chemical engineers examine, I’ve found that biological systems are the most fascinating, complex, and challenging systems we could possibly dream of working with.

I’ve also always enjoyed coding. My favorite language was and still is C++; I’ve written several toy projects and contributed to several open-source development efforts with C++. I also enjoy Python, and use it pretty frequently as my go-to “glue”, data-analysis, or prototyping language.

When I’m not doing research or programming, I like to dabble: 3D modeling and animation, video editing, sailing, quadcopter construction, rocket building have all been recent interests of mine.

Interests

  • Cellular circuit engineering
  • Cellular reprogramming
  • Computer science

Education

  • PhD student in chemical engineering, 2020-ongoing

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • BSc in Chemical Engineering, minor in Computer Science, 2019

    Califonia Institute of Technology

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

PhD Student

Galloway Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sep 2019 – Present Cambridge, MA
  • Investigating the role of biophysical feedback in gene expression and cellular reprogramming.
 
 
 
 
 

Metabolic engineering intern

Provivi

Jun 2018 – Aug 2018 Santa Monica, CA
  • Identified, cloned, and tested homologous lipid metabolism genes under overexpression conditions, creating a yeast strain that created nearly 30% more lipid dry mass.
  • Wrote software that completes genome assembly even if genetic recombination and transposition has occurred with respect to a reference genome, saving days of manual assembly work.
 
 
 
 
 

Research student

Tirrell Lab, California Institute of Technology

Dec 2016 – Jun 2019 Pasadena, CA
  • Demonstrated that a quorum-sensing circuit could be selectively activated in aggregated E. coli cells at low bulk cell densities.
  • Designed a genetic system to drive programmed aggregation of B. theta cells, based on a protein display system validated in E. coli, and integrated a partial version of this circuit.
  • Presented work on bacterial aggregation at the 255th ACS National Meeting.
  • Prepared a senior thesis demonstrating the design of a photocontrollable bacterial aggregation system.
 
 
 
 
 

Software engineering intern

Pure Storage

Jun 2016 – Sep 2016 Mountain View, CA
  • Implemented a customer-facing feature that more accurately accounted utilized storage space in a given storage cluster.

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