My research focuses on developing a synthetic mimic of the Nuclear Pore Complex to advance separation and sensor techniques. I am currently working on an acrylamide system that is copolymerized with FG-repeat peptides commonly found in the natural NPC. With this synthetic system, we hope to study the fundamentals of the extremely selective transport of material into and out of the nucleus. Additionally, the prospect of developing smart hydrogels makes this system inspired by nature extremely attractive.
I hail from Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a major in chemistry and minor in biological sciences. After moving to Bloomington in August 2009 to begin my graduate studies, I joined the Baker Group.
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my friends and family. I especially love to travel. Reading is a major hobby of mine – that happens when your mother is a librarian! I grew up playing the piano and cello, so I also enjoy attending concerts.