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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!

Unlike most marsupials, 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 Soviet Union and a geotechnical engineer from a developing part of North Africa  was a deep passion 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 and immortalizing my ideas into writing.

I have since had the great pleasure of being educated in Virginia and North Carolina, where I have had many opportunities for scientific growth and giving back. I am currently a first-year Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University, where I study functional materials for low-power electronics in the Material Science & Engineering Department. I love to travel around the world and engage with other scientists, communicate the importance of evidence-based practices to policymakers in Washington, D.C., and communicate science in a fun, accessible way.

When I'm not in the lab, I love to spend time outdoors hiking with friends, learning a new language, or hosting murder mystery dinner parties.

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