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Current Position

Assistant Professor                                                                             Aug. 2017 Present

Vanderbilt University

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Florida, FL                            May 2011

Bridge to the Doctorate, City College of New York, NY                             July 2006

B.E., Chemical Engineering, City College of New York, NY                       Dec. 2005

Research Experience

UM President’s Postdoctoral Fellow                                                 April 2015 July 2017

University of Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering                    

Mentor: Dr. Michael J. Solomon

Topic: Fundamental electrokinetic phenomena for the assembly of switchable colloidal crystals.


UM President’s Postdoctoral Fellow                                                Aug. 2013 Mar. 2015

University of Michigan, Department of Chemical Engineering                    

Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Kotov

Topic: Synthesis and assembly of chiral nanoparticles; interparticle forces.

Additional Responsibilities: Lab Manager (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)


Postdoctoral Researcher                                                                    Mar. 2012 Jul. 2013

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Materials Science and Engineering Division (Complex Fluids Group)             

Mentor: Dr. Jeffrey A. Fagan

Topics: Validation of the hydrodynamics of colloidal rods using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as model systems; characterization of surfactant assembly on colloidal CNTs and measurements of length distributions using sedimentation velocity experiments.

Graduate Research Assistant                                                       Aug. 2006 May 2011

University of Florida, Department of Chemical Engineering           

Advisors: Dr. Kirk J. Ziegler and Dr. Jason E. Butler

Dissertation Title: Manipulation of the microenvironment surrounding single wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and its effect on photoluminescence and separation processes.