In my graduate research, I study marine mussels' adhesive plaques. Mussels use a system of plaques and threads to anchor themselves in the tide, and I’m looking for ways that the architecture of these soft materials contributes to their toughness and strength. Besides spending time with bivalves, I lead materials science experiments at local elementary schools with UCSB’s Family Ultimate Science Experience, and help run a student group, Graduate Students for Diversity in Science, to promote inclusion within STEM fields.
Although my current focus is in biomaterials, I’ve had lots of fun meandering through different research fields. I’ve examined environmental and social impacts of cellphones, pondered hummingbird flight mechanics, broken solar panels, and assisted with cadaver studies of biomedical devices. I’m thrilled to spend the summer reporting a wide variety of science at WIRED Magazine in San Francisco.
Fellowship publications at WIRED Magazine
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