Bio

Education

12/2013 – present Stanford University
Postdoctoral Fellow in Physics and Molecular & Cellular Physiology
Affiliate of the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Adviser: Prof. Steven Chu (Nanoscale optical and cathodoluminescence/electron bio-imaging)
Departmental profile
Group website
Wikipedia page
8/2009 – 11/2013 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. in Chemical Physics
Adviser: Prof. Martin Gruebele (Experiments and simulations of fast protein dynamics)
Departmental profile
Group website
Wikipedia page
9/2005 – 6/2009 University of Toronto
H.B.Sc. with High Distinction in Chemistry and Physics
Advisers: 
Prof. Ulrich Krull (DNA sensor development)
Prof. Claudiu Gradinaru (Single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy) 
Prof. Virginijus Barzda (Non-linear optical microscopy)

Awards, Fellowships

2015 – 2018 Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation
NSF Center for Physics of Living Cells News
2016 2016 PHYS Division Postdoctoral Research Award, American Chemical 
Society
2014 Dean's Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University
2013 2013 Josephine G. Geerdes Memorial Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2012 – 2014 Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowship, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of Illinois News
Department of Chemistry Newsletter
2012 2012 Graduate College Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 – 2012 John C. Bailar Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 2nd US-Mexico Workshop in Biological Chemistry: Protein Folding, Misfolding and Design, Travel Award, National Science Foundation
2010 – 2011 NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells Teaching Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign
2010 – 2011 Walter Brown Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2008 University of Toronto Excellence Award, University of Toronto
2007 University of Toronto Excellence Award, University of Toronto

Teaching, Outreach, Professional Service

2014 – 2018 Postdoctoral Fellow Representative of the Biopolymers in Vivo (BIV) Subgroup, Biophysical Society
Biophysical Society Newsletter interview in November 2014
Biophysical Society Newsletter paper highlight in July 2016
Biophysical Society Newsletter paper highlight in December 2016
2013 – present Peer reviewer: 
Journal of the American Chemical Society
Physical Review Letters
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA
Journal of Molecular Biology
Journal of Physical Chemistry B
Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics
2014 Contributor to the AAAS NextGen VOICES
2012 – 2013 Contributor to the “Ask a Scientist” initiative, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
2010 – 2011 NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells Teaching Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
J Chem Ed article
Center for Physics of Living Cells K-12 Outreach Program
2009 – 2010 Teaching Assistant for junior and senior level physical chemistry classes, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2008 – 2009 Teaching Assistant for Introductory Physics and Introductory Chemistry, University of Toronto
2007 – 2008 Facilitated Study Sessions Leader for Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Mathematics, University of Toronto, Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Center