I’m a Mechanical Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2014-2017) & IGERT Fellowship (2012-2014). I graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude in May 2012 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. I received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in December 2013.
My research interests are focused on developing and commercializing 3D printing technologies for biological and biomedical applications. Specifically, I am interested in using 3D printing to forward-engineer biological machines and systems (“bio-bots”) that can adapt to their surroundings and address societal problems ranging from medicine to the environment. I am committed to introducing the biological tool kit into every inventor’s toolbox, and growing a global community of makers that “build with biology”. I’m an aspiring writer and entrepreneur, and am passionate about promoting diversity in STEM.