Biomedical Engineer, Synthetic Biologist
I get my energy by exciting others about design and revving people up about the potency of their own ideas. Fascinated with the idea of medical objects as an interface between biology and function, I take great joy in having helped launch UVa’s annual Medical Hackathon program and founding and managing many more organizations to convey innovative thinking and problem solving to a wide spectrum of audiences.
Beyond these pursuits, I happily engage in my love for beekeeping, tutoring for juvenile offenders, mountain biking, and trying my hardest at breakdancing!
Co-founder and engineer of a project to develop and bring to market a novel diagnostic device for bacterial disease, based on genetic engineering and the simplicity of a pregnancy test. I operate in scientific, business, and design spheres, with a strong sense of self-starting.
Our company, PhageFlag, was based off a project birthed in iGEM and my undergraduate thesis research. In the two years following graduation, we acquired over $250,000 in funding and incubated within the University. We worked full-time on laboratory, IP, and market research. We created a processes for modifying phage and amplifying their production of signal proteins during their relationship with bacterial host mechanics. See more...
I see potential for synthetic biology to make smart materials and tools for integrated sensing and regulation.
Synthetic Engineering Venture