I'm a doctoral candidate and NDSEG Fellow in the Physics Department at Harvard University specializing in biophysics. I work in the Levine Lab studying interactions between the systemic and cell level stress responses in C. elegans. My work includes:
- Imaging and quantifying molecular components of the heat shock stress response in C. elegans using microfluidics and fluorescence microscopy.
- Adapting image analysis techniques to rapidly analyze 3000+ frames of data per experiment.
- Modeling the spatial and temporal modes of activation of the heat shock stress response, primarily in MATLAB.
- Collaborating and communicating regularly with scientists spanning the sub-fields of physics and biology.
I've contributed talks and posters at 7 interdisciplinary meetings or conferences, including the Quantitative Biology (qBio) Conference (July 2016), International Physics of Living Systems (iPoLS) Meeting (July 2016), Boston Area Worm Meeting (May 2016), Wormbridge (May 2016) and C. elegans International Meeting (June 2015). I also serve as the Lab Safety Officer.
I'm a burgeoning science writer and science communication enthusiast. Previously, I've freelance written for Harvard's Science in the News online publication Signal to Noise, and I currently draw a STEM webcomic. I've also been on the Local Organizing Committee of ComSciCon, a national science communication workshop for graduate students, since 2014.