About Me

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I am currently a Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow at the Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in Washington, DC. I have started initiatives to increase the diversity of funding applicants, coordinate continuous improvement efforts within SETO, and improve public understanding of solar power.

I earned my PhD in Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in December 2019 with Professor D. Venkataraman’s research group, ALIEN (Advanced Laboratory for Iontronic, Electronic, and Nanomaterials). I studied a promising family of novel solar cell materials called hybrid perovskites, trying to improve their stability and design new related materials by looking at how they transport ions.

I also recently completed a 2018 AAAS Mass Media Fellowship at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where I wrote about science research, business, outreach, and policy happening in the greater St. Louis area.

I am passionate about science communication and activism. I maintain a holistic approach to my work, education, and training, building a strong foundation in scientific thinking while improving my writing and speaking capabilities, fostering collaborations within the scientific community, and working to build a more inclusive and equitable culture.

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