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Education

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University, Center for Biologically Inspired Materials & Material Systems (CBIMMS), March 2007 November 2012.
Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry, University of Texas at Austin, December, 2006.
B.S. Chemistry w/ Minor in Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 2000.


Fellowships and Awards

2011 Travel Award, Biological Surfaces and Interfaces European Science Foundation-European Molecular Biology Organization Symposium, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain
2009 – 2011
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIH F32 Training Grant
2005 Dorothy Banks Fellowship, UT-Austin Chemistry Dept.
2005 David Bruton Continuing Graduate Fellowship, UT-Austin Office of Graduate Studies
2001 Preemptive Recruiting Fellowship, UT-Austin Chemistry Dept.
2001 Dean’s Excellence Award, UT-Austin College of Natural Sciences
2000 American Institute of Chemists Student Award
2000 Thompson Undergraduate Research Award, UNC-Chapel Hill
2000 Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
1998 Recognition of Heroism and Citizenship from the Mayor of Chapel Hill, NC
1997 Golden Key National Honor Society


Research

Senior Research Scientist, Duke University, December 2012 Present
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Research Group: Ashutosh Chilkoti

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Duke University, March 2007 November 2012
Center for Biologically Inspired Materials & Material Systems (CBIMMS)
Mentor: Ashutosh Chilkoti
Collaborator: David R. Smith

- Demonstrated that light scattering from metal nanoparticles is highly sensitive to their proximity to underlying metal film and that extremely large field enhancements occur in the gap regions between the nanoparticles and the film.
- Developed novel plasmonic biosensor technology based on plasmonic coupling between metal nanoparticles and underlying metal film.
- Secured funding and fellowship from the National Institutes of Health.
- Created and maintained the Chilkoti Group's website (and further used this design for my own personal page here!)


Graduate Research Assistant, Unversity of Texas at Austin, August 2001 December 2006
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Advisor: Jason B. Shear
Collaborator: Keith Stevenson

- Fabricated 3-dimensional protein microstructures using multiphoton lithography and investigated their properties as functional biomaterials.
- Created direct-write, 3-dimensional metallized protein microstructures that conduct electricity.
- Fabricated suites of 3-dimensional protein microstructures containing multiple types of enzyme activity and showed how such structures could be used as biosensing devices in aqueous microenvironments.


Research Technician, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, June 2000 June 2001
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Group: Joseph Pagano
Mentor: Greg Buczynski

- Conducted independent cancer research involving molecular biology techniques and cell culture.
- Communicated results at group meetings.
- Performed lab manager duties.


Research Technician, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Summer 1999
Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC
Host: Niels Lindquist
Mentor: Chistopher S. Martens

- Isolated natural products from marine organisms for potential use in sunscreens.
- Authored undergraduate Honors Thesis based on findings.


Theses

Active Three-Dimensional Protein Microstructures.
PhD Dissertation, Advisor: Jason B. Shear

Carbon and Nitrogen Isotopic Analysis of Compounds from Tridentata marginata.
Honors Thesis for BS degree, Advisor: Christopher S. Martens


Teaching

Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Austin, August 2001 May 2002 and Fall 2003, 2004, 2005
Profs: Keith Stevenson, Paul Barbara, and Jason B. Shear
Courses: Analytical Chemistry and Advanced Analytical Chemistry

- Taught laboratory sections and led study groups.
- Graded lab reports, homework assignments, and exams.
- Created and maintained websites for posting of course materials.


Funding

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32). (2009 2011)


Selected Presentations

Discussion Leader/Poster (Travel Award): Plasmonic Sensing with a Coupled Nanoparticle-Film Platform, Biointerface Science Gordon Research Conference and Seminar, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, May, 2012. link

Invited Talk: Development of a Plasmonically Coupled Nanoparticle-Film Sensing Platform. University of Washington Department of Chemistry. Nov, 2011.

Poster (Travel Award): Plasmon Resonant Nanoparticles Coupled to Metal Film as a Biosensing Platform. Biological Surfaces and Interfaces European Science Foundation-European Molecular Biology Organization Symposium, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain, June 2011. link

Poster: Biosensing Applications using Plasmon Resonant Nanoparticles Coupled to Metal Film. Biointerface Science Gordon Research Conference, Les Diablerets, Switzerland. Sept, 2010. link

Poster: Biosensing Applications using Plasmon Resonant Nanoparticles Coupled to Metal Film. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Training Grantees Meeting, Bethesda, MD, June, 2010.

Contributed Talk: Plasmonically Coupled Nanoparticle-Film Molecular Ruler. American Vacuum Society 56th International Meeting, San Jose, CA, November 2009.

Invited Talk: Plasmonically Coupled Nanoparticle-Film Nanoruler. Center for Biologically Inspired Materials & Material Systems 2nd Annual Retreat, Beaufort, NC, May, 2009.

Poster: Distance-Dependent Plasmon Resonant Coupling between a Gold Nanoparticle and Gold Film. Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics Eighth Annual Meeting, Durham, NC, Oct., 2008.
     - 2nd Prize in Poster Competition.

Poster: Sensing Small Distances using Resonant Coupling Between Nanoparticles and Conductive Films. Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March, 2008.
     - Nominated for Best Poster.

Invited Talk: Enzyme-Nanoparticle Functionalization of Three-Dimensional Protein Scaffolds. Beckman Laser Institute, University of California at Irvine, Dec., 2006.

Invited Talk: Enzyme-Nanoparticle Functionalization of Three-Dimensional Protein Scaffolds. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. July, 2006.


Professional Service

Member: American Chemical Society 2001 present

Reviewer: Optics Express, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Revista Ingenieria Biomedica, Optics Communications, Langmuir

Discussion Leader: Biointerface Science Gordon Research Seminar, Les Diablerets, Switzerland, Scheduled for May 2012