Candidly counting some colonies
In nature hybrid species are usually sterile, but in science the reverse is often true.
Hybrid subjects are often astonishingly fertile, whereas if a scientific discipline remains too pure it usually wilts.
- Francis Crick
What I cannot create, I cannot understand.
- Richard Feynman
I am very comfortable with the idea that we can override biology with free will.
- Richard Dawkins
As a researcher, I am broadly interested in integrating approaches and technologies found in synthetic and systems biology, metabolic engineering, chemical biology and quantitative biology to facilitate microbial engineering. At Virginia Tech, I had my first exposure to these emergent fields while working as an undergraduate to build out and characterize a bi-stable genetic toggle switch. Subsequently, I joined the lab of Dr. Stephen Fong at Virginia Commonwealth University endeavoring toward a PhD in Integrative Life Sciences. Currently, I am involved in projects revolving around ex vivo approaches for cloning and synthetic biology, a synthetic biomolecular delivery system and a cost analysis for the interpretation of genome-scale models. My overall research interests include:
- Cell Free Systems
- Synthetic gene assembly
- Protein engineering
- Synthetic metagenomics
- Genome-scale metabolic models
- Statistical models of biological sequences
- Engineered microbial consortia
Education & Training
Virginia Commonwealth University · Richmond, VA · 2011 — 2014
- Ph.D. · Integrative Life Sciences
- Advised by Stephen S. Fong
Virginia Tech · Blacksburg, VA · 2007 — 2011
- B.S. · Biological Sciences
- Concentration in Microbiology & Immunology
- Minor · Business
- Vanee N, Fisher A, Fong S. “Evolutionary Engineering for Industrial Microbiology”. Subcellular Biochemistry: Reprogramming Microbial Metabolic Pathways (New York: Springer Verlag, 2012), Vol. 64.
- Poster - DNA Assembly for free: using cellular lysates to decrease cloning costs, Synthetic Biology 6.0. Imperial College of London, UK 9-12 July 2013
- Talk/Poster - Cyanobacteria: A sustainable manufacturing platform, iGEM Americas Regional Jamboree. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, 8-10 October 2011