I am currently working on my PhD in analytical chemistry at Indiana University. I joined the Baker group in the summer of 2007. My research focuses on control of ions, electrons, and photons with single-coil microelectromagnetic traps. We have characterized the magnetic field produced by these traps and used them to gate ion transport through a micro pore in the center of the trap at various rates. Recently, we developed an optical sensor with the traps and fabricated a microelectrode in the center of the traps to control the transport of an electroactive species to the surface of the electrode with magnetic particles. Additionally, an ON/OFF biocatalytic glucose sensor was developed with the microelectrodes.
I was born in South Bend, Indiana but lived most of my life in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I attended Comstock High School as well as Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC). This dual enrollment allowed me to experience all the traditional aspects of a public high school (sport, clubs, dances, proms) and the opportunity to take accelerated math and sciences classes with students from 20 other schools around the Kalamazoo area. At Comstock, in addition to taking classes, I played three sports (soccer, wrestling, and track) and was a member of the National Honor Society. At KAMSC, I had my first introduction to scientific research. Each student attending KAMSC was required to complete a research project every year. These projects sparked my interest in science and greatly influenced my decision to get a college degree in chemistry.
After graduating high school in 2003, I attended Kalamazoo College where I earned my BA in chemistry (biochem concentration) in 2007. Kalamazoo College is a small (1300 students) liberal arts college located near Western Michigan University. At Kalamazoo college I took a broad range of classes as well as many advanced classes in chemistry and biology. I completed a senior individual project entitled "An Investigation of NO Rotational Distribution Produced by Photodissociation of CyclopentadienyInitrosylnickel Using Resonance-Enhanced Multi-Photon Excitation for Photoionization", in which I worked with Dr. Jeffery Bartz. Through the completion of this project and the guidance of several chemistry facility members at Kalamazoo College I decided to become an analytical chemist. I applied to several graduate programs around the country, of which I chose to attend Indiana University.