04/2021: I will be giving a talk entitled "Genetic encoding of three distinct noncanonical amino acids" at the Spring 2021American Chemical SocietyMeeting. Register to attend the conference here.
01/2021: I will be giving a talk entitled "Genetic code expansion" at the 2021 Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering Young Researchers Conference. Register to attend the conference here.
12/2020: Our paper entitled "Genetic encoding of three distinct noncanonical amino acids using reprogrammed initiator and nonsense codons" is live on bioRXiv! DOI: 10.1101/2020.12.07.415521 [LINK].
06/2020: Our book chapter entitled "Engineering Aminoacyl-tRNA Synthetases for use in Synthetic Biology" was just published in "The Enzymes", DOI: 10.1016/bs.enz.2020.06.004 [LINK].
03/2020: My thesis work was published in Nature Communications, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-020-15057-7 [LINK].
02/2020: Our review on the use of initiator tRNAs in synthetic biology was just accepted by ChemBioChem [LINK] The review was selected as a Very Important Paper (VIP).
01/2020: I will be attending the tRNA conference [LINK] in Columbus, Ohio (May 31-June 04). Hope to see you there!
01/2020: My thesis work was accepted for publication by Nature Communications, [LINK].
12/2019: Our article entitled Initiation of Protein Synthesis with Non-Canonical Amino Acids In Vivo was accepted for publication by Angewandte Chemie! Check out the paper [LINK].
01/2019: I joined the research team at the Center for Genetically Encoded Material (C-GEM), an NSF-funded center with the goal of repurposing translational machinery to produce functional materials. Check out more about C-GEM's mission [LINK].
06/2018: I was selected by the Department of Chemistry as the 2018 recipient of the Jim and Marie H. Galloway '29 Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually for excellence in chemical research.
05/2018: I have accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate appointment in the laboratory of Professor Dieter Söll at Yale University. I am scheduled to begin work in the Söll lab July 2018. [LINK].
05/2018: I was proud to be one of over 10,000 Aggies to receive their degrees from Texas A&M today! Gig 'em Aggies!
02/2018: My Ph.D. thesis entitled 'Expanding the Chemical Diversity of Phage-Displayed Peptide Libraries' has been approved! [LINK]