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  • 2007 Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2000 B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • 2000 B.A., Biochemistry, University of Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

  • 2013 – Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University-Camden
  • 2009-2013 – Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University
  • 2008-2009 – ¬†Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Pharmacology, University of Pennsylvania

Research interests

Bacterial mechanotransduction. Host-pathogen interactions. Biogenesis of bacterial adhesion structures. Antimicrobial nanoparticles.

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

  1. NSF-CAREER: Composition, mechanical properties, and synthesis of the Caulobacter crescentus stalk; PI (2016-2021)
  2. NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a femtosecond laser system to enable multiphoton polymerization, photoporation, and laser ablation in liquids research; Co-PI (2015-2017)
  3. Busch Biomedical Research Grant: Laser ablation synthesis of nanoparticles: innovations for antibiotic development; PI (2015-2017)
  4. Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral fellowship (NIH F32GM090684), 2010


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