“My favorite thing about UMBC is that I have the opportunity as a graduate student to mentor graduate, undergraduate and high school students interested in pursuing research and a career in bioengineering.”
Hometown: Lanham, MD
Degree Program: Chemical & Biochemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Expected year of graduation: 2018
Faculty Advisors: Govind Rao and Leah Croucher
Thesis/research topic: Optical Biosensors for Glucose and Glutamine Detection in Biomedical and Bioprocess Applications
2012, B.S. Chemical Engineering, Howard University
Previous Graduate Study:
2015, M.S. Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, UMBC
What is your favorite thing about UMBC?
My favorite thing about UMBC is that I have the opportunity as a graduate student to mentor graduate, undergraduate and high school students interested in pursuing research and a career in bioengineering. As a mentor, I work with my students to develop technical skills associated with bioengineering research labs, so that eventually they are able to independently plan and run their own experimentation.
Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
My project involves developing a non-enzymatic, protein based glucose biosensor capable of detecting glucose passively diffusing through the skin. Noninvasive glucose monitoring can facilitate a more effective management of hyper- and hypoglycemic episodes without the adverse effects of current invasive technology, especially in neonates and small children. Current technologies that aid in monitoring glucose levels in neonates are useful; however, all require painful, invasive blood draws. Since these blood draws can increase the risk of infection, there is a need for a non-invasive technology that allows glucose levels to be analyzed in neonates while still maintaining the accuracy of the medical field’s established method. In addition, optical protein based biosensors are being developed for detection of glucose and glutamine in bioprocess applications.