I always thought research doesn't end at papers. If you want to have true impact, it must be used by other people and always wanted to commercialize ideas from bench to companies. Luckily, my research was funded by IPGroup to launch a startup, Chip Diagnostics. As I got into startup life, I got inspired in learning about investing/crypto from one of my college friends - Zach Herbert. It was really cool to see an emerging technology develop that had pretty much no valueto $100B> market. While this has nothing to do with my area of expertise, I found it fascinating people were putting so much money into an idea, and jumped on to see how this could have an impact in the future.
Tech Transfer While biomedical research has made great strides in the lab, there is often an unmet need to make this research clinically practical. I am a Penn Center for Innovation Fellow where I work directly with Technology Licensing Officers to evaluate invention disclosures. I've also been a part of the Penn Biotech Consulting Group and mentored student groups in the Y-Prize competition on commercializing droplet-microfluidic based research. In 2017, I got to go to Silicon Valley through the SVB Trek to meet VCs, angel investors, and founders to learn about the process of tech transfer and the financing behind all of it - a very inspiring week!
I randomly woke up one day and wanted to compose music. With no music theory background, I decided to start teaching myself piano mid-Feb, 2015. I'm a huge nerd and have been inspired by
themes from video games, TV shows/movies, and EDM.
Check out the Youtube video to see my progress... might want to turn your volume down. I try to update my Youtube channel every ~3 months on my progress. I want to teach myself FL Studio and finally start digital music composition and work with a few friends to create some video games one day.
Running & Outdoors
Growing up, I was completely unfit and unable to run even one mile at a sub-12 min mile in high school. I finished my first 5k in 2015 and was super proud, and then moved on to my first half marathon in 2016, then my first marathon in 2017! After failing a few races and walking near the end, I kept trying and finally completed the Philly Love Run Half Marathon at a 7:17 min/mile pace! When I'm not in lab, I like to try out new things from surfing, snowboarding, hiking, fishing, etc. - anything that's a break from the city is a great excuse to explore!
Never got the chance to travel as a kid, but beginning to get to see the world since 2017! I hate sightseeing and just dong the tourist checklist since it feels like a filtered version of all the actual cool stuff places have to offer. I love just wandering around random streets, exploring smaller cities and getting to know the people and their lifestyle in various parts of the world. I also love taking nature breaks with hiking, swimming, and running around new areas - here's my travel blog (growing as I travel more!)
Animations for Science
Explaining science to people without a similar background is tricky and challenging. I began teaching myself Solidworks and other graphic design software to facilitate this communication. Check out this animation I created to simplify an extremely complex project into a simple idea.
Reading Random Books
After reading a lot of articles on the internet, I kind of realized most of the ideas are not properly fleshed out and don't have enough substance to make a great case. While some books tend to be drawn out, I'm trying to cycle through books from philosophy, lifesytle (running/diet mainly), politics, business, history of science, etc. Hoping to start a book review blog one day to jot down my thoughts on the books.
At BU, I was president on the Students for Advancement for Nanotechnology and treasurer for Tau Beta Pi, where we hosted events to engage the community in engineering through art shows, high school activities, and "lab in a box" experiments. I'm not a huge fan of mentoring random students, but if there's a motivated student that truly wants to learn, I want to help them find their potential, since I've been lucky to find mentors/colleagues that helped me achieve my own goals when I hit obstacles.