High school Diploma 2007-2011

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Molecular Biology, B.A. 2011-2015

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Environmental Toxicology

University of California, Riverside


2015 Pomona College Eda May Haskell Library Prize

2012-2015 Pomona College Endowned Raney Scholarship

2014 Contest: Instructable Green Design Contest Winner for Mobile Solar Energy Generator

2014 Contest: Nest Challenge Winner for Electric Bike Generator

Research Experience

University of California, Riverside · Ph.D. Candidate · Fall 2020

  • Advisor: Dr. Jay Gan
    • Studying microplastics in terrestrial environments

Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory · Laboratory Assistant and Teaching Assistant · 2016-2019

  • Advisor: Dr. David Herbst
    • Identify and analyze population shifts in benthic invertebrate communities in Mono and Walker Lake
    • Characterize microbial communities at Superfund site Leviathan Mine with biochemical assays
    • Built database for seven-year study analyzing impacts of climate change on alpine stream ecosystems
  • Advisor: Professor Rebecca Lyons
    • Teaching Assistant for Environmental Chemistry course in Alpine and Sub-alpine environments
    • Sample Palisade glacier for study on aerosol transport for 4-nonyl-phenol

Department of Molecular Biology at Pomona College · Senior Thesis · 2014-2015

  • Advisor: Professor Matthew Sazinsky
    • Site-directed mutagenesis of Toluene ortho-xylene Monooxygenase
    • Primer design, DNA sequencing, and ToMO protein purification

Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory · Summer Research Intern · Summer 2014

  • Advisor: Dr. Elena Rozhkova
    • Assembled titanium-dioxide/platinum nanoscale particles and bacteriorhodopsin as a photocatalyst
    • Measured hydrogen production by catalysts with GC-MS
    • Harvested bacteriorhodopsin from Halobacterium salinarum
    • Funded by the DOE, by the Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program

Center for Nanoscale Materials and Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory · Summer Research Intern · Summer 2013

  • Advisors: Dr. Elena Rozhkova and Dr. Valentin Novosad
    • Sputtered and isolated permalloy microdisks from a photoresist film
    • Measured hydroxyl radical formation with fluorimeter
    • Produced atomic force and electron microscope imaging of microdisks
    • Participated in studies of metals leaching from permalloy particles using synchrotron X-ray fluorescence (APS)
    • Funded by the Department of Energy with Argonne National Laboratory

Department of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at the University of Chicago · Laboratory Assistant · 2008-2011

  • Advisor: Dr. Elena Rozhkova
    • Modeled and constructed an electrochemical fuel cell
    • Cultured anaerobic methanogens
    • Conducted voltammetry and mass spectrometry measuring of fuel cell output

Work Experience

Prepnow and Study Point · Tutor · 2019-Present

Moscow Center for Education and Adaptation for Refugee Children · Tutor ·2015-2016

Upward Bound at Harvey Mudd College · Tutor · 2012-2015

METROsquash in Hydepark, Chicago · Tutor · 2008-2011

Mayor Daley Branch of Chicago Public Library · ESL Tutor · 2008-2011

  • Tutoring high school and college biology, physics, chemistry, calculus, and ACT/SAT exams
  • Creating curricula for teaching science, history, and literature for Russian Native speakers learning ESL
  • Providing mentorship for first generation immigrant and college students
  • Attending workshops on inclusivity and teaching techniques

Mt. Hood Summer Ski Camps · Assistant Director· 2010-Present

Outdoor Education Center at Pomona College· Staff · 2012-2015

  • Guiding college astronomy classes on camping and star-gazing trips
  • Organizing events on backcountry safety and managing a communally shared house in the Eastern Sierra
  • Guiding rock climbing, rafting, and cliff jumping activities at an overnight camp
  • Caring for children ages 8-18 years
  • Training counselor staff for Commercial Driving Licenses and children care

Tour Liaison for Film Director Evgeny Mitta · 2017-2018

  • Create a nationwide tour among U.S. prestigious academic institutions for Evgeny Mitta and his film Act and Punishment

Trapdoor Social LLC · Engineer for Mobile Solar Generators · 2015-2017

Pomona College Sustainability Integration Office· Engineer for Mobile Solar Generators · 2014-2015

  • Designing and building a multi-component mobile power generation system
  • Training and helping users of the off-grid solar system, creating Standard Operating Procedure and troubleshooting
  • Promoting sustainability and feminine empowerment in technology