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Research

Graduate

I currently work with Dr. Arjun Yodh at the University of Pennsylvania starting on the date of November 2016
  • Project 1:   Work in progress
I worked with Dr. Alison Sweeney at the University of Pennsylvania starting on the date of March 2015 and ended in November 2016.
  • Project 1: Studying the structure of the squid lens using low-angle elastic light scattering. Chain-like structures on the order of 200 nm are formed in the squid lens that are the result of proteins in the squid lens (S-crystallins) that behave as patchy colloids. The goal is to understand the structure and self-assembly of the squid lens to see how they evolved to have camera-like vision.

Undergraduate

I worked with Dr. Mark Thiemens at the Stable Isotopes Lab at the University of California, San Diego between November 2011 to May 2014. There I used stable isotopes and mass-independent isotope anomaly to trace and study geophysical and chemical process that occur in the atmosphere and planetary systems.
  • Project 1: I worked on was studying heterogenous and photochemical reactions on aerosol surfaces to trace pollution in the atmosphere in the regions of La Jolla, CA and Los Angeles CA. Samples were collected during daylight and during the night to determine photochemical processes.
  • Project 2: Triple oxygen mass-independent isotope anomaly with ozone, silicate, and water were used to mimic a possible mars-like atmosphere and surface mineral composition to determine possible geophysical and chemical surface properties on Mars.
  • Project 3: This project examined the composition of sulfate emitted from aircraft plumes. Samples were collected from Los Angeles International Airport aircraft in order to understand the chemical impact that aviation had on climate and human health.
I worked with Dr. Brian Maple at University of California, San Diego between June and July of 2013
  • Project 1: I worked as a condensed matter intern assisting in the study of inter metallic compounds and oxides of transition metals, rare earths, and actinides using single crystal growth methods examining heavy fermion behavior and superconductivity.

 

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