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Education

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

Professional Experience

  • 2020-present – Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University-Camden
  • 2013-2020 – Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University-Camden
  • 2009-2013 – Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Molecular Biology, Zemer Gitai’s Lab, Princeton University
  • 2008-2009 – ¬†Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Pharmacology, Richard Assoian’s lab, University of Pennsylvania

Research interests

Bacterial sphingolipids. Bacterial mechanotransduction. Host-pathogen interactions. Bacterial morphology.

Fellowships, Awards & Grants

  1. NSF-RUI: Mechanisms and physiological functions of bacterial sphingolipids; PI (2022-2025)
  2. NSF-MRI: Acquisition of A MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometer for Accurate Mass Determination of Biomolecules; Co-PI (2022-2023)
  3. NSF-BBSRC: SynBioSphinx: building designer lipid membranes for adaptive resilience to environmental challenges; PI (2020-2023)
  4. NSF-CAREER: Composition, mechanical properties, and synthesis of the Caulobacter crescentus stalk; PI (2016-2021)
  5. NSF-MRI: Acquisition of a femtosecond laser system to enable multiphoton polymerization, photoporation, and laser ablation in liquids research; Co-PI (2015-2017)
  6. Busch Biomedical Research Grant: Laser ablation synthesis of nanoparticles: innovations for antibiotic development; PI (2015-2017)
  7. Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral fellowship (NIH F32GM090684), 2010

Teaching

  • Molecular carcinogenesis (56:120:530)
  • General physiology (50:120:341)
  • Essentials of Biophysics (56:121:565)