My goal is to gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental driving forces in biological systems, so that we as scientists can rationally design efficient and promising bioinspired technologies. I am motivated by biological phenomena which can be studied through the lense of computational research and molecular level design. In my PhD work I apply principles from chemical engineering to study interfacial phenomena that govern biological processes at the microscale, and relate them back to the macroscale. Read more about my research here.
I am passionate about equitable access and representation in the computational research space. I am the first person in my family to go to college, and grew up in a Colombian/Iranian immigrant household. Like so many other first-gen students the journey to being a researcher has never been straightforward, or easy. When I decided to pursue a PhD, I took a risk and pivoted into the world of computational research. While it's been filled with ups and downs, I feel lucky to have found my passion. Sadly, this isn't the norm for all URM students in one of the most underrepresented fields in STEM. This has driven me to increase equitable access to academia and provide underserved students the tools, guidance, and mentorship they need to be successful.
I completed my bachelor's in Chemical Engineering at Arizona State University in 2016, and completed a Masters with a focus in Data Science at University of Washington in 2019. I completed my PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Washington in December 2021.
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