I am a recently minted Penn Bioengineering PhD interested in many topics ranging from: intersection of science R&D and commercialization; understanding how tech advances are implemented into society at large; the future of tech including personalized medicine, big data, AI/machine learning, crypto implementation, and understanding complicated logistics to make change possible. After my PhD, I was interested in several careers and will be joining McKinsey as an associate to understand the business principles that are the foundation of how companies make decisions - which will be completely orthogonal to my training as a PhD. I am excited to understand the underlying corporate mindset and see how I can use these strategies to advance society.
As a Bioengineering PhD at University of Pennsylvania in the Issadore Lab, I worked at the interface of biomedical and electrical engineering to fabricate microfluidic devices for point of care diagnostics. My goal was to invent microchip-based tools that
enable accessibility to medical diagnostics in resource poor settings. I
built microchip devices that eliminate the need for a
complete lab facility, and instead combine optofluidics with microelectronics
to transform specialized lab tests into practical, inexpensive procedures in
remote areas and small clinics. I was fortunate enough to receive a Microsoft PhD Fellowship, and our work is currently being spunoff into a startup Chip Diagnostics funded by IP Group. I am also interested in the business end of scientific translation and am actively involved in Penn's Center for Innovation and was a part of the Silicon Valley Bank Trek 2017.
Check out my News Highlights to catch up with publications, presentations, awards, and other milestones in my career. The Work Experience section displays the extensive opportunities I have immersed myself in ever since I was a junior in high school. In addition to my professional life, I have outside interests listed under Personal Interests from tech transfer, running, cooking, learning music, biotech venture capital, etc. Some of my personal interests evolved a lot in my third/fourth year and have decided to start several blogs sharing my thoughts on topics outside of science since I try to be an early adopter of new tech.
If you have any questions or need clarifications, feel free to contact me.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me!
February 16, 2020
Spontaneously booked tickets to Barcelona for a week long trip. Luckily the vacation worked out with work, but it was fast-paced. Blog on Spain trip.. now back to Boston cold.
November 10, 2019
Erwin's speech/charge was really inspiring - loved the theme during the scene from Attack on Titan. My take at the piece but so little time to practice from travel/work :(
August 20, 2019
Recently marathoned Isayama's Shingeki no Kyojin and Urasawa's Monster mangas. Suddenly felt inspired to draw lol - never realized how much detail there was in objects until I started.
June 16, 2019
Graduated from Penn and moving back to Boston to join McKinsey! Grateful for the amazing friends/mentors I met during my time that have helped me grow - so sad to leave.
April 25, 2019
Done with PhD thesis defense!
April 2, 2019
Wanted to run a sub 3:30 marathon before my defense. Ran a self-timed one and almost had it but crashed at end womp womp. Still proud of beating my PR by 35 min from the first marathon!
March 22, 2019
Celebrating my PI Dave's tenure! Lab has grown a lot since we first started.
February 25, 2019
Decided to start cooking more and will be starting a Food Blog. Just a bunch of pics for now, but will one day add recipes and learn how to take pics for blogs!
February 14, 2019
Our manuscript "Mobile Platform for Rapid Sub pg/mL, Multiplexed, Digital Droplet Detection of Proteins" has been published in PNAS!!!!
December 23, 2018
Finally starting to pursue one of my childhood dreams of creating video games! Beginning by learning Unity framework and ROM hacks to understand basics - really excited!
December 16, 2018
November 17, 2018
November 5, 2018
Heading out to Taiwan for Microtas 2018! Giving two talks, and participating in the Shark Tank - curious to see differences in Asian microfluidic industry/research.
October 21, 2018
After much consideration, excited to join McKinsey Boston next year! Looking forward to learn a completely new skill set for my career goals.
August 12, 2018
Presented my work and received a distinguished poster award at the Liquid Biopsy Gordon Conference at Mt. Holyoke!
July 22, 2018
The EMBL conference was great, and Germany was amazing! Wrote a blog about my adventures during my time there!
July 6, 2018
Heading out to Heidelberg, Germany to present at EMBL Microfluidics 2018! First time in Germany - excited!!
June 8, 2018
Heading out to Chicago for McKinsey's Insight 2018 STEM + Healthcare!
April 12, 2018
Completed the annual dissertation committee meeting! Next step: PhD thesis defense!
March 30, 2018
March 25, 2018
A busy weekend! New PR on the Love Run Half Marathon with 7:17 min/mi pace (life goal achieved!); ~3 years of piano and the Halo Theme; and building a functional Opioid Overdose alert system at the Rothberg Catalyzer!
February 10, 2018
Went to Final Fantasy Distant Worlds last month with composers Nobuo Uematsu/Yoko Shimomura in attendance! Got inspired, played Somnus on Piano. Also thought the Westworld cover of Runaway during the Superbowl was amazing, so tried playing it!
January 8, 2018
Won best talk and best poster at Bioengineering Annual Symposium!
January 5, 2018
Traveled to London, Paris, and Belgium over winter break! New Travel blog post accordingly.
December 22, 2017
November 27, 2017
Finished my first marathon and explored Hong Kong over Thanksgiving! Another unnecessarily long blog post on the trip.
September 28, 2017
Accepted as a Finalist for the IEEE HI-POCT Student Award Competition.
September 1, 2017
Submitted a 4-page contribution to IEEE HI-POCT Conference- fingers crossed!
August 31, 2017
Signed up for my first marathon! Had to Uber back after mi 16 today, so let's see hope I improve in 2.5 mo for the Philly Marathon!
July 27, 2017
Achieved a life goal - won first place at South House Quizzo! (barely contributed, but still)
July 25-26, 2017
Presented my droplet work at the Microfluidics Congress Conference, and won the Microfluidics poster contest!
July 17, 2017
Got interested into cryptocurrency but realized I don't really know anything about it... writing my experiences with the emerging tech in Medium.
June 15, 2017
Had an amazing time at the Gordon Conference and travelling Italy! Decided to write a blog to remember this great experience.
May 22, 2017
Heading out to Italy for the Gordon Conference Microfluidics in Lucca, Tuscany!
April 24, 2017
Finished thesis proposal!
April 21, 2017
Learned Circle of Life on Piano! (2y2mo progress of teaching myself piano)
March 29, 2017
Won first place at Penn iTalks and got the $500 Judge's Favorite Award! Check out my talk here.
March 15, 2017
Heading out in the blizzard to give a talk on my latest work at SelectBio's Bioengineering 2017 Conference in Boston!
March 1, 2017
Chip Diagnostics, a company spun out of our lab, has received a second round of funding from the IP Group!
February 21, 2017
It's been two years since I began teaching myself piano and I somehow haven't quit! Check out my "progress" (I hope) if you are interested.
February 14, 2017
Our paper on ultra-high throughput droplet detection on a cell phone based system was published on Lab on a Chip!
January 3-7, 2017
Had an amazing time at San Francisco participating in the SVBTrek - a four day event hosted by Silicon Valley Bank where we met VCs, partners, entrepreneurs and the great minds driving change in the startup world.