Curriculum Vitae

Publications and citable abstracts are found here.

Present Position

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Alexandra Lucas Lab, Center for Personalized Diagnostics
The Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University


  • Arizona State University, 2015
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Biological Design
  • Arizona State University, 2010
    Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude
    Biological Sciences – Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology

Professional Experience

  • 2017, Visiting Scholar
    Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology
    University of Florida, Gainesville
    Lab of Dr. A. Lewin
  • 2017-Present, Postdoctoral Research Associate
    The Biodesign Institute
    Arizona State University
    Supervisor: Dr. A. Lucas
  • 2015-2017, Research Fellow
    Department of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic
    Supervisor: Dr. V. Singh
  • 2010-2015, Graduate Research Associate
    The Biodesign Institute
    Arizona State University
    Supervisor: Dr. D. Meldrum
  • 2010, Student Researcher
    Enlighten ’10 Expedition
    Joint University of Washington-Arizona State University
  • 2009-2010, Undergraduate Research Assistant
    The Biodesign Institute
    Arizona State University


  • 2012, Teaching Assistant
    BDE702 Biological Design II/BIO610 Responsible Conduct in Research
    Graduate College, Arizona State University
  • 2011-2012, Science Foundation Arizona Doctoral Fellow
    ASU Citizen-Scientist Engineer Program (K-12)
    Arizona State University and Kyrene School District, Tempe, AZ
  • 2009, Teaching Assistant
    HON272 The Human Event
    Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University
  • 2008, Instructor
    Barrett Summer Scholars (K-12)
    Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University

Honors & Awards

  • 2017, Best Oral Presentation, 8th International Symposium on SERPINs and Proteases in Health and Disease, Shanghai, China
  • 2016, Poster of Distinction (x2), American Pancreatic Association 47th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2016, Young Investigator Award, American Pancreatic Association 47th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA
  • 2014, Travel Award, Graduate & Professional Students Association, Arizona State University
  • 2014, Travel Award, School of Biological & Health Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
  • 2014, Microscopy & Microanalysis 2014 Presidential Scholar Award
  • 2014, Google for Entrepreneurs Start-Up Weekend, 1st Place
  • 2013, Life Technologies/Ion Torrent Art of Breakthrough Contest, Finalist
  • 2012, Arizona Imaging & Microanalysis Society 2012 Meeting Poster Award
  • 2011-2012, Doctoral Fellowship, Science Foundation Arizona
  • 2011, Life Technologies/Molecular Probes Cell Imaging Contest, 2nd Place
  • 2010, Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship, Arizona State University
  • 2010, Summa cum laude
  • 2006-2010, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Auxiliary Scholar
  • 2006-2010, Arizona State University President’s Scholar
  • 2006, Presidential Freedom Scholar
  • 2006, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ClubService Scholar


Professional Societies

  • American Heart Association, Member
  • American Pancreatic Association, Member
  • American Society for Cell Biology , Member and ASU Ambassador
  • Arizona Imaging and Microanalysis Society, Member
  • European Atherosclerosis Society, Member
  • International Atherosclerotic Society, Member
  • North American Vascular Biology Organization, Member


  • 2017, Invited Speaker, Science with a Twist, Arizona Science Center
  • 2016, Bioscience Panelist, Phoenix Fanfest
  • 2014, Invited Speaker, Science Cafe at MACH, Phoenix Central Library
  • 2014-Present, Ambassador to Arizona State University, American Society for Cell Biology
  • 2014, 2016, 2017, Bioscience Panelist, Phoenix ComiCon
  • 2014, Career Fair Visitor, Tavan Elementary School
  • 2014, Arizona Regionals Judge, Arizona Science and Engineering Fair
  • 2014, Arizona Regionals Judge, FIRST Robotics Competition
  • 2013-Present, Committee for Postdocs and Students (COMPASS), American Society for Cell Biology
  • 2012-2015, 2017, Volunteer, ASU/Biodesign Night of the Open Door
  • 2011, Judge, Foothills Elementary School Science Fair
  • 2009-2015, 2017, Biodesign Lab Liaison

Invited Reviewer

Personnel Supervised

  • Colleen Ziegler, 2010-2012
    Current: Principle Technologist at bioSyntagma
  • Mounica Rao, 2013-2015
    Current: Medical student at UA College of Medicine
  • Saara Khan, 2016
    Current: Undergraduate at Cornell University
  • Quinn Urbaniak-Dornstauder, 2017
    Current: Professional basketball player, Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre, Spain