I am a researcher developing new tools to address questions in microbiology. Even though microbes exist in all environments on earth, display immense diversity, and are important in many aspects of human lives, little is known about the genetic makeup and phenotypic responses of microbial communities to environmental conditions. Therefore, I am interested in applying techniques such as microfluidics, image analysis, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatics in order to investigate microbial diversity at genomic, transcriptomic, and phenotypic levels with single-cell resolution.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Quake lab at Stanford University, under joint supervision of Dr. Stephen Quake and Dr. Mark Horowitz. One of my main research projects involves developing a microfluidic-based metagenomic method to identify novel bacterial phylogenies. Another project studies cyanobacterial physiology at the single-cell level using a microfluidic cell culture setup. Before Stanford, I attended Caltech and received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Under the supervision of Dr. Yu-Chong Tai, my research focused on designing and fabricating MEMS (microelectromechanical system) check valves for various biomedical implants.
As a technology, microfluidics offer many advantages compared to traditional methods of experimentation. Its precise liquid handling and high throughput nature make possible the collection of scientific data that are unfeasible otherwise. However, due to long design-build-test cycles and complex control setups, many researchers choose not to adopt microfluidic platforms. Therefore, as another goal of my scientific career, I aim to alleviate technical hurdles hindering the wide adoption of microfluidic technologies for biomedical research.