I received my PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2016 under the guidance of Anita Mahadevan-Jansen. While in the Vanderbilt Biophotonics Center, I investigated the clinical translation of Raman spectroscopy to address challenges in detecting and differntiating human diseases. My PhD research comprised the development of in vivo tools and methods to collect and analyze spectra during colonoscopy in order to differentiate inflammatory bowel disease. I have also applied methods of optical instrument development and multivariate analysis to applications including breast cancer margin detection, bacterial strain discriminaiton, biomaterial characterization, nanoparticle trapping and analysis, and chemical sensoring. These approaches intersect at disease monitoring, drug sensing, and clinical translation.
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Conor Evans in the Wellman Center for Photomedicine and the Laboratory for Systems Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. The goal of my research is to build coherent Raman imaging microscopy tools to study pigmented lesions and drug delivery in human skin, in situ to investigate pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. I have been extending the capabilities for multiphoton microscopy to the Laboratory for Systems Pharmacology, where I have built a coherent Raman imaging system for multiplex tissue sample imaging. My goal is to study the microenvironment of tumor, immune, and stroma within tissue sections to more fully characterize disease progression and therapeutic response.