I’m currently a fourth year PhD candidate in Dr. Craig Aspinwall’s lab doing bioanalytical chemistry. My research focuses on developing new biosensors and instrumentation. Often, artificial lipid membranes are used to mimic cellular membranes. These membranes are composed of fluorescent lipids and these lipid vesicles can be doped with fluorescent biomarkers. To understand quantitatively how much fluorescent lipid is in the membrane and inside of these vesicles I am building a flow cytometer. This instrumentation will allow for fluorescent measurement of sub 200 nm vesicles. Overall, better understanding these fundamental questions will allow for the creation of better biosensors. In my free time I enjoy cooking, traveling and knitting. After obtaining my PhD I hope to work in the pharmaceutical industry in the areas of biosensors and therapeutics.