Biography

I am a nanomaterials researcher, science communicator, community leader, and polymath. I am driven to work at the intersection of science and business to translate technology breakthroughs into commercially accessible products. In particular, I have a passion for sensor-based devices that allow consumers to make proactive and well-informed decisions about their healthcare and wellness.

As a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science and Engineering in the Hersam research group at Northwestern University, I approach medical diagnostics from a materials perspective. I have developed and printed graphene inks to fabricate electrochemical biosensors that can detect proteins and small molecules at medically relevant concentrations. More broadly, my expertise is in formulating and printing nanomaterials inks to fabricate a variety of electronic devices, including transistors, photodetectors, and sensors.

My technical expertise is supplemented by my ability to communicate science to a variety of audiences. I enjoy leveraging a number of mediums to convey a story, including narrative writing, graphic design, animation, and presentation. I have won several poster and presentation competitions for crafting engaging and approachable stories about my graphene biosensor research. Check out my science communication work here.

I am always taking on new projects and finding ways to improve my community. At work, I’ve led a variety of initiatives to make our lab spaces safer, more inclusive, and more productive. I have served on the boards of campus chapters of American Vacuum Society, Materials Research Society, Society of Women Engineers, and American Institute of Chemical Engineers with the goal of improving my peers’ academic, professional, and social experiences. I organized a large philanthropic dance competition called Laasya 2016, the proceeds of which were donated to Asha for Education. Developing and executing a vision is a exciting process for me, and I constantly hone my leadership skills in scientific and creative settings.

I earned my B.S. in Chemical Engineering & Materials Science and Engineering with High Honors from UC Berkeley in 2016. I was a Regents’ and Chancellors’ Scholar during my undergraduate years. During my graduate studies, I have pursued a variety of nontraditional professional development opportunities, including a Certificate in Management for Scientists and Engineers from the Kellogg Business School, a Fellowship at the Northwestern Center for Leadership, writing coursework through the Medill School of Journalism, industrial design coursework through the Segal Design Institute, and medical technology entrepreneurship coursework through the Farley Center for Entrepreneurship.

I am also a semi-professional dancer in Chicago who teaches, choreographs, and performs at community, corporate, and family events. I trained for 8 years in Bharatanatyan, an Indian classical dance form, and competed at the collegiate level for 3 years.