I combine biophysics and computational biology to explore problems at the interface of infectious and autoimmune diseases. I am working on elucidating molecular rules underlying the membrane-remodeling and immunomodulatory activities of multifunctional peptides and proteins.
I am an 8th year M.D./Ph.D. student in the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program. I completed my Ph.D. in 2018 under the mentorship of Dr. Gerard Wong in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA. I received a B.S. in Physics with Honors from Caltech in 2012. I am a future physician-scientist in dermatology who has trained in soft matter physics, structural and computational biology, immunology, and microbiology. I am interested in leveraging multidisciplinary strategies to study scientific questions at the intersection of infectious and autoimmune skin diseases. My graduate work spans machine-learning aided design of membrane-active antimicrobial peptides, molecular mechanisms of psoriasis, lupus, and scleroderma, and the role of the nervous system in host defense against systemic infection. I am a recipient of a 2017-2018 Early Career Research Grant from the National Psoriasis Foundation, a 2017-2018 NIAMS T32 Dermatology Scientist Training Program Grant, and a 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 NIGMS T32 Systems and Integrative Biology Training Program Grant. In my spare time, I love discovering new restaurants, solving Rubik’s cubes, and rooting for the Lakers.
M.D. (Expected), 2020
University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Bioengineering, 2018
University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. in Physics (with Honors), 2012
California Institute of Technology
How do antimicrobial peptides modulate Toll-like receptor signaling?
Machine-learning enabled discovery and design of membrane-active peptides and proteins.
How does nature conjugate multiple functions into a single protein domain, including receptor-binding and membrane activity?
|2019||Elected as Full Member to Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Honor Society, UCLA|
|2019||Elected as Junior Member to AΩA, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA|
|2019||National Psoriasis Foundation Travel Grant, National Psoriasis Foundation|
|2019||Society for Investigative Dermatology Post-Doctoral Retreat Trainee Scholarship, Society of Investigative Dermatology|
|2019||Keystone Symposia Trainee Scholarship, Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology|
|2019||Edward K. Rice Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering|
|2018||Department of Bioengineering Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering|
|2017||Peptide Therapeutics Foundation Travel Grant, Peptide Therapeutics Foundation|
|2017||NIH NIAMS T32 Dermatology Scientist Training Program Grant (T32AR071307), UCLA|
|2017||National Psoriasis Foundation Travel Grant, National Psoriasis Foundation|
|2017||National Psoriasis Foundation Early Career Research Grant, National Psoriasis Foundation|
|2017||Doctoral Student Travel Grant, UCLA|
|2017||Department of Bioengineering Graduate Student Supplemental Fellowship, UCLA Samueli School of Engineering|
|2015||NIH NIGMS T32 Systems and Integrative Biology Training Program Grant (T32GM008185), UCLA|
|2015||Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Finalist, The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation|
|2014||NIH NIGMS T32 Systems and Integrative Biology Training Program Grant (T32GM008185), UCLA|
|2013||3rd Prize, Inventathon, UCLA Business of Science Center|
|2012||NIH NIGMS T32 Medical Scientist Training Program Grant (T32GM008042), David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA|
|2011||Øistein and Rita A. Skjellum Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, California Institiute of Technology|
|2010||Rose Hills Foundation Scholarship, California Institiute of Technology|
|2008||Spence Reese Scholarship in Medicine, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego|