As a graduate research assistant in the laboratory of Virginia Cornish, in collaboration with Robert Kass in the Pharmacology department, I am interested in applying the Cornish Lab’s expertise in unnatural amino acid mutagenesis and live-cell imaging to study the molecular mechanisms of cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel inactivation. I am also working in collaboration with the laboratories of Kenneth Shepard and Lars Dietrich on a project funded by the Keck Foundation, which aims to engineer biosensors integrating the sensing capabilities of a biological entity — a ligand-gated ion channel — with state-of-the-art electronic chips. I have been awarded an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship as well as honorable mentions from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship.
Before beginning my PhD at Columbia University, I worked for three years as an undergraduate research assistant in the laboratory of Michael Strano in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. I worked on projects developing biosensors based on the near-infrared fluorescence modulation of single-walled carbon nanotubes.
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Zhang J, Landry MP, Barone PW, Kim JH, Lin S, Ulissi ZW, Lin D, Mu B, Boghossian AA, Hilmer AJ, Rwei A, Hinckley AC, Kruss S, Shandell MA, Nair N, Blake S, Şen F, Şen S, Croy RG, Li D, Yum K, Ahn JH, Jin H, Heller DA, Essigmann JM, Blankschtein D, Strano MS. Molecular recognition using corona phase complexes made of synthetic polymers adsorbed on carbon nanotubes. Nat Nanotechnol. 2013 Dec;8(12):959-68.
Song C, Kwon T, Han JH, Shandell M, Strano MS. Controllable synthesis of single walled carbon nanotube framework membranes and capsules. Nano Lett. 2009 Dec;9(12):4279-84.