Education and Experience

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Physics (with honors) and Biology with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. During my time at Penn, I had the opportunity to work with Professor Jianxin You and, later on, Professor Vijay Balasubramanian with whom I investigated the statistics of natural images. I also took part in summer internships. The first, in 2015, was at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (in collaboration with the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility), where I studied the crystallization of the protein p38-alpha interacting with a protein from the parasite toxoplasma gondii. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, my focus turned to rule-based modeling of molecular pathways involved in apoptosis undertaken at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s T-6 division, working with William Hlavacek.

I moved to the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 to pursue a PhD in the Department of Physics, advised by Thomas Yankeelov in the Center for Computational Oncology and collaborating extensively with Jon Tamir in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. My research involves the implementation of machine learning techniques to develop a dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) MRI protocol for breast cancer screening that yields high spatio-temporal resolution images for quantitative imaging. Additionally, I analyze DCE-MRI data from breast tissue using perfusion models to extract quantitative tissue information that may inform screening and modeling efforts.

Outreach and Mentorship