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What does a wallaby have in common with a scientist?

We’ll both take a free meal when funding’s tight!

I moved to the United States when I was four years old. Growing up in a tri-lingual household, I learned a lot of different words for silly things like tomato. But another thing I learned from my parents  a visual artist from the former Soviet Union and a geotechnical engineer from a developing part of North Africa  was a deep love for learning.

My formative years were spent writing screenplays on Newton's discovery of gravity and excavating minerals and rocks from my dad's construction sites. I had an unfurling passion for investigating the world around me and encapsulating my ideas into writing.

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Materials Science & Engineering from NC State University, where I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in functional materials for low-powered electronics. I started this site with the intention for it to serve as an electronic portfolio, but also with the desire to create a public platform to connect with others through my love of science and all forms of geekery.

I enjoy traveling around the world to engage with other scientists, communicating the importance of evidence-based practices to policymakers in Washington D.C., and sharing science with others in a fun, accessible way. When I'm not in the lab, you can catch me hiking with friends, attending a comedy show, or hosting a murder mystery dinner party.