Starting in January 2023, I will be joining the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor of Nanomedicine and Chemical Biology. The Finbloom lab will design bioinspired materials that interface with microbial communities to advance human health. We'll tackle critical challenges in pharmaceutical sciences such as treating antibiotic resistant bacterial infections and improving the oral delivery of therapeutic microbes and probiotics.
I started my scientific career at the National Institutes of Health, where I was a summer fellow in the Cytokine Biology Section of NIAID under the mentorship of Dr. Kathryn Zoon, researching new types of cellular therapeutics for cancer immunotherapy. I then received my BA in chemistry from Northwestern University, while conducting research in the laboratory of Professor Samuel Stupp, developing dynamic bioinspired materials for drug delivery applications. I earned my PhD in chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, where I was an NDSEG Fellow in the lab of Professor Matthew Francis. My PhD research was at the intersection of nanomedicine and chemical biology, developing activatable probes for disease detection, supramolecular reactions for bioconjugation, and self-assembling virus-like particles for drug delivery. I am currently a Health Innovation Via Engineering (HIVE) postdoctoral fellow at the University of California San Francisco, working in the lab of Professor Tejal Desai. During my postdoc, I am developing nanomaterials-based strategies to advance antimicrobial drug delivery and the treatment of cystic fibrosis lung infections, as well as creating new injectable scaffolds for applications in regenerative medicine. A central theme of my research is how to design the physicochemical properties of materials to influence their biointerfaces and interactions with biological systems.
Outside of research, I am passionate about mentorship, scientific communication, and improving diversity in the sciences. My non-scientific pursuits include exploring new places around the world, making and eating ice cream, and spending time outdoors, hiking, climbing, and camping.