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Education / Degrees:
PhD in Chemistry (2016), Tulane University
BS (Honors) in Chemistry (2009), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Advanced Special Topic: Chemistry and Biology of Nucleic Acids; General Chemistry with Lab; Introduction to Biological Chemistry with Lab; Organic Chemistry I with Lab; Organic Chemistry II with Lab
My research area primarily focuses on the development of sensor systems (predominately derived from bio-inspired supramolecular scaffolds) that can be used for rapid, reversibile interrogation of living systems In particular, I am very interested in designing sensors able to probe micro-RNA levels and localization in real time to better understand their role in the early progression of tumors, with an eye towards the long-term development of inexpensive, facile systems for the early detection of cancer progression.For more information on my research, including current and past projects as well as collected techniques and publications, check out the research section of my website.
I am also passionate about teaching, in lectures and labs as well as through mentoring in research settings and extra-curricular activities. I think strong foundations and the integration of investigation into early coursework is extremely important to developing the next generation of talented scientists. More information on my approach to teaching can be found on the teaching section of my website, including my teaching philosophy, material for some past and current classes, and a section devoted to outreach.