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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Materials Science and Engineering
BioI am a postdoctoral scholar in the group of Prof. Jennifer Dionne in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Broadly, my research focuses on harnessing nanophotonics, the study and manipulation of light on the nanoscale, to bridge engineering and biomedicine.
My postdoctoral research develops nanostructured surfaces, known as “metasurfaces,” that enhance the scattering of light from a patient’s biopsied tissue or cell sample in order to quickly and accurately inform both the stage of a patient’s disease and the appropriate treatment. This all-optical, label-free technology has the potential to enable real-time tissue diagnostics of important diseases including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease in the operating room or at the point-of-care.
My doctoral research studied chiral light-matter interactions on the nanoscale. Chirality, the phenomenon of handedness, describes structures which are non-superimposable upon their mirror image. In particular, I theoretically and experimentally investigated the underlying physical mechanism by which chiral light interacts with optical antennas, thus opening the door to rationally designed chiral light on the nanoscale. This line of research, which I continue to investigate in collaborative projects during my postdoctoral training, has applications in the development of pharmaceuticals free of side-effects and the transition to agrochemicals with improved environmental sustainability.