Post-graduate Research

After graduation, I joined Boston Children's Hospital in the Vascular Biology Program. Currently, I utilize zebrafish as a model organism to examine angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels from existing vasculature.

Graduate Research

My graduate research at Boston University focused on molecular and synthetic biology. In my molecular biology lab, we examined the sole NF-kB transcription factor of the mountainous star coral Orbicella faveolata through recombinant DNA experiments in yeast cells and mammalian cells. In my synthetic biology lab, we examined several techniques for diagnosing unknown samples, performed a gene-knockout in yeast using CRISPR/Cas9, and built a genetic toggle switch through Modular Cloning (MoClo). Below are a few of the experiments that I performed in the synthetic biology lab. The research I performed in the molecular biology lab may be published later, so will not be uploaded for copyright reasons.

In addition to the biology research, I also worked with a team of engineers and physicians to develop a novel medical device. We accomplished several rounds of rapid prototyping, developed the idea into a semi-complete product, and considered regulatory pathways and deployment strategies. One of the team members is currently continuing the project in hopes of developing it fully.

Selected Research Projects:

Modular Cloning of GFP Transcription Unit and Expression in E. coli

Genome Editing in S. cerevisiae Using CRISPR/Cas9

Discrimination and Diagnosis of E. coli Cells from Salmonella typhimurium Cells Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphism

Undergraduate Research

My undergraduate research focused on evolutionary biology and ecology. I spent over two years working on the biodiversity and distribution of zooplankton and rotifers throughout the United States. Although this research has yet to be published, I learned a lot about the scientific process and we carried out the experiment from formation of hypotheses, setting of controls, and development of testing methods. The data analysis portion of the experiment using high-power computing was currently underway when I graduated from UCF and left the lab. Below are reports of the smaller projects I was involved in during my time at UCF.

Selected Research Projects:

Intraspecific Versus Interspecific Competition Between Drosophila Melanogaster and Drosophila virilis

Burned Versus Unburned Forests at the University of Central Florida Arboretum

Visual Versus Textual Rhetoric in Diet Pill Advertisements