With half of American men and one third of American women projected to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime new tools be developed to help oncologists treat their patients.
New mandatory annual screenings of all past smokers for lung cancer are placing huge stress on the system. Existing methods are not specific enough to reliably detect cancer early in its progression.
New diagnotistic methods paired with PET and CT scans have the potential to enable a larger number of facilities to test patients with a much lower false positive rate, relieving the burden on specialists.
Using gene therapy I worked to insert peptide sequences between the subunits of the primary HIV binding sites. The model was tested in cell culture and mouse models and is currently under investigation for future applications.
In the hopes of creating the next generation of drug delivery molecules I worked to develop genetically engineered peptides that would release chemotherapy agents according to a temperature gradient. The work has since been expanded upon and is being tested in animal models.
My first self-identified research project was my senior year in high school. I developed a way to genetically engineer E. coli and yeast to create large numbers of magnetic particles for use in nanotechnology. I then proved these synthesized magnets could be functionalized to other molecules of interest for use in future studies.