Polymer Synthesis, Biomaterials, Drug Delivery, Reactive Sulfur Species, Self-Assembly
In my research, I develop new small molecules and materials with applications in biology, medicine, and sustainability using techniques and tools from organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and nanoscience. With my collaborators, we aim to answer biological questions, discover potential new therapeutics, explore new polymer topologies, and design sustainable materials for a broad variety of applications.
I began my independent career at Virginia Tech in 2012, was granted tenure in 2018, and became the A.C. Lilly Jr. Fellow of Nanoscience in 2020.
I majored in chemistry and German at Washington University, St. Louis, then moved to Caltech for my Ph.D. in organic and polymer chemistry under the direction of Nobel Laureate Bob Grubbs. After graduating in 2009, I moved to Northwestern University to pursue an National Institutes of Health funded postdoc in the area of peptide-based biomaterials in the lab of Sam Stupp.