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TEACHING PHILOSOPHY AND EXPERIENCE

My teaching interests are broadly centered on biomaterials, both the engineering of these materials as well as their engagement with the body. From an engineering perspective, I teach the design, fabrication and characterization of both nanomaterials and hydrogels. From a biomedical perspective, I teach how these materials can be used for drug delivery, immuno-engineering, and regenerative medicine, as well as how these materials must consider the foreign body response. I also look to teach critical skills for research that include writing, data visualization, communication, and time-management. My teaching experience consists of guest lectureships for the Biomaterials for Drug Delivery (MatSci/BioE cross listed) course at Stanford and a TA appointment for the Senior Biological Engineering Design course at MIT. I also designed and implemented an 8-week Virtual Research Internship for visiting undergraduates this past summer, which featured a weekly immuno-oncology intensive workshop and skills-based workshops to develop the research skills mentioned above. In the lab, I have also mentored six undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds and five graduate students. Three of my undergrad mentees worked with me for at least a year and were co-authors on my publications.