Biosketch

I am a research scientist in optical sensing for soft matter and cell biology with over ten years of optics laboratory experience. My work involves the combination of optics and custom software into sensing systems that are designed to address specific questions about the microscopic structure of soft matter, i.e. proteins, DNA, synthetic polymers, and similar macromolecules. To do this, I work directly with biologists and chemists to identify the shortcomings in their measurement tools and design the solutions that effectively meet their needs. In my work, I benefit greatly from my multidisciplinary background, which has included topics such as optics and photonics, information theory and signal processing, software design, and materials science.


Skills and Competencies

  • Optics
    • Light and fluorescence microscopy
    • Super-resolution fluorescence microscopy
    • Static and dynamic light scattering
    • Fourier and statistical optics
  • Software engineering
    • Languages
      • Python (full competence)
      • MATLAB (full competence)
      • C++ (medium competence)
      • Java (low competence)
    • Open-source software development
    • Object-oriented design patterns and software design
    • Familiar with both imperative and functional programming styles
    • Technical knowledge of both Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Statistical and computational modeling
    • Inverse problems
    • Monte Carlo simulation
    • Sparsity-promoting transformations
    • Bayesian inference
  • Biology
    • Chromatin architecture
    • Telomeres
    • Centriole architecture

Experience

SystemsX.ch Transition Post-doctoral Fellow
November, 2013 – Present
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Advisor: Suliana Manley
  • Designed and developed high-throughput imaging systems for super-resolution imaging of chromatin and other cellular organelles.
Graduate Research Assistant
August 2007 – August 2013
  • CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida (UCF)
  • Advisor: Aristide Dogariu
  • Developed scattering-based light sensors for studying and controlling soft-matter systems.
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates
June 2006 – August 2006
  • JILA, the University of Colorado at Boulder (JILA)
  • Advisor: Margaret Murnane
  • Developed a vacuum-compatible visible light spectrometer for characterizing a Ti:Sapphire laser beam in an extreme ultraviolet nano-imaging system.

Education

Doctorate (PhD), Optics
CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, 2013
Master of Science (MS), Optics
CREOL, the College of Optics and Photonics, University of Central Florida, 2011
  • Topic: Light scattering and optical sensing
Bachelor of Science (BS), Engineering Physics
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2007
  • Specialization: Semiconductor Materials and Devices

Publications

For my full list of publications, please see my Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) page.


Teaching

EPFL Teaching Toolkit I
November 17, 2015
Rose-Hulman Learning Center Tutor
May 2004–May, 2007