I am currently at the final stage of my PhD, in Reinhard group’s Nano-Bio Interface and Bioplasmonics Labs at Boston University Photonics Center and the Chemistry department. So, at the moment I am open to new industrial or academic job opportunities for Summer or Fall of 2017. My experiences and interests lie within these sub-fields of Biotechnology: Bio-Imaging, Bio-Sensing and Nano-Bio Engineering.
Current field of research:
Developing nanotechnology-based multi-modal approaches for investigation (quantification and spatio-temporal tracking) of membrane components of enveloped viruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
This has already given us a novel robust tool to study the surface of biological nano/micro-organisms, while breaking the concentration limits of conventional quantification methods and resolution limits of conventional optical microscopy techniques. An example of its applications is studying the surface of HIV-1, on patient-derived samples and investigating the performance of drugs on disabling the infectious virus, by studying the details of the viral surface molecules. The techniques that I’ve developed through-out my PhD, in collaboration with the Microbiology department of Boston Medical Center, for the first time enable the biology and biotechnology researchers to investigate the correlations between different properties of viruses and the lipid composition and membrane fluidity on a single-virus level.
Recent collaboration experiences include, but are not limited to:
- Applying the dark-field microscopy-based techniques that I’ve developed on in-depth analyses of HIV-1, HIV-2 and MLV viruses in collaboration with the Boston Medical Center (Rahm Gummuluru) and the National Cancer Institute (Alan Rein and Eric O. Freed). Published in Virology and mBio.
- Producing artificial virus nanoparticles (AVNs) based on lipid-wrapped glycosphingolipid-functionalized gold nanoparticles to mimic the behavior of HIV, established in Reinhard and Gummuluru groups at BU. Published in Analytical Chemistry and Nature Communications. (My contributions: nanoparticle surface conjugation, ICP-Mass Spectrometry and electron microscopy).
- Nanofabricating linear gold nanoparticle chains with controlled size and gap separations in Reinhard group. Published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. (My contributions: HR transmission electron and optical microscopy).
- Surface engineering of nanoparticles for enhancing the EGFR-mediated apoptosis of cancer cells in Reinhard group. Published in Biomaterials Science. (My contributions: nanoparticle surface conjugation, in-vitro cell apoptosis assays and electron microscopy).
- Microfabricating plasmonic nanoshell functionalized etched fiber Bragg gratings for highly sensitive refractive index measurements in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institut. Published in Optics Letters. (My contributions: chemistry consultations, nanoparticle preparation and microfabrication through etching).
I enjoy arts, especially playing and listening to classical, traditional and folk musics (I’ve had some performance with my band as can be found on my YouTube channel!), studying philosophy, psychology, etc. and sports (I’m a marathon runner, I casually swim, and play soccer and volleyball).