High school Diploma 2007-2011

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Molecular Biology, B.A. 2011-2015

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

Environmental Toxicology, Ph.D. Candidate 2020-Present

University of California, Riverside


2022 CUAHSI Pathfinder Fellowship Grant Recipient

2021 American Alpine Club Grief Grant Recipient

2021 American Alpine Club Research Grant Recipient

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-Present

  • Advisors: Professors Jay Gan and Andrew Gray
    • Studying microplastics in terrestrial environments
    • Mentor for the Environmental Sciences First-Year Mentorship Program

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 · 2019-2020

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 Band · 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