I am fascinated by biological materials and their ability to sense and adapt to their surroundings. My research focuses on understanding the dynamic interactions between biological and smart synthetic materials, and building biohybrid systems to tackle global grand challenges in medicine.
As a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT, I am designing and implementing new responsive materials that can be deployed inside the body. My goal is to start a biohybrid design lab, engineering implants that can dynamically sense and respond to individualized patient needs.
As a graduate research fellow in the lab of Prof. Rashid Bashir at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I developed novel 3D bio-printers (bottom left), used them to build muscle-powered robots (bio-bots, bottom right), and helped create a community of makers that build beyond biology:
Image Credit: Janet Sinn-Hanlon