science stories


My scientific research interests reside at biological boundaries approached with an engineering perspective. Both infectious agents and therapeutic constructs have interactions on the animal, organ, cell, and then the organelle levels for subsequent stories to unfold. This process is not only a story of molecular encounters and interactions, but also a structural and topological one. The narratives of what is foreign and what is innate is questioned, and identities are manipulated to cross these boundaries by passing as self.


Research Activities

Water Decontamination using Electrocoagulation
Research Scientist
Laboratoire de géochemie environnementale, Jasquelin Peña
Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Arsenic and manganese removal in bench-scale system for field applications with iron nanoparticle polymerisation


Defining Immunoengineering Principles for Effective Vaccine Development
Laboratory of Lymphatic and Cancer Bioengineering, Melody A. Swartz

Laboratory for Regenerative Medicine & Pharmacology, Jeffrey A. Hubbell
Senior Scientist
École Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Establishment of design principles for intradermal vaccine development on the levels of physico-chemical properties, and intracellular, cellular & organ distribution
  • Detailed characterization of resultant neutralizing antibody, B and T cell responses
  • Role of stroma in immunomodulation and vaccine outcomes
  • Hands-on methods development
  • Management of vaccination project for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Management of immunoengineering inter-laboratory group of up to 40 people


Intracellular Trafficking of Non-viral and Viral Vectors
Post-doctoral Fellow
Laboratory of Thomas Weber
Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

  • Discovery and Characterization: pH sensitive membrane-active peptides
  • Application of above peptides in non-viral gene delivery
  • Characterisation of particle uptake and traffick in vitro, including aden-associated viruses AAV

Development of Biodegradable Polymer Nanoparticles for Gene Delivery
Doctoral Thesis Research
Laboratories of Robert S. Langer, Richard C. Mulligan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA, USA


Other short-term projects

Peter’s Bubble
Tribeca Hacks
CERN, 2014

“Enter the skin of a little boy and show him why diversity is essential.

Peter’s Bubble is one of the shape-shifting stories you can experience on our peer-to-peer storytelling platform. Inspired by the true story of the “Bubble Boy”, a child born without an immune system, it ties deeply into recent developments in immunology that show how our bodies thrive in co-existence with a diversity of microorganisms. The same could also be said of diversity on other scales. Users exchange peer produced video fragments that make up the narrative in Peter’s Bubble.”

Embryonic stem cell lines with tetracycline inducible human growth hormone receptor (Robert D. Rosenberg laboratory, MIT, 1993)

Complex coacervation of chondroitin-4-sulfate, gelatin & streptomycin into microspheres (Kam W. Leong laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University, 1990-1992)

Metabolic product FPLC analysis for coal sulfur removal by thermophilic archaebacteriae (Robert M. Kelley laboratory, The Johns Hopkins University 1989-1990)


Sc.D. MIT 2000
Medical Engineering & Medical Physics
Harvard Medical School/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)

B.S. JHU 1992
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
The Johns Hopkins University


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