CV

Summary:

Education

2016 PhD in Physics, from Montana State University

2014 M.S. in Physics, from Montana State University

2011 B.S. in Physics, Minor in Mathematics, from Montana State University

Employment History

Academic

2017-Present Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Gerner Lab, University of Washington (UW)

2016-2017 Research Scientist, Spectrum Lab, Montana State University (MSU)

2016 Teaching Assistant, Introductory Physics, and Advanced Optics (MSU)

2012-2016 Graduate Research Assistant, Rebane lab (MSU)

2012 Research Assistant, Repasky lab (MSU)

2010-2011 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Spectrum Lab (MSU)

2010 Teaching Assistant, Holography Lab (MSU)

Professional

2017 Research Scientist, Advanced Microcavity Sensors

Volunteer

2004-2005 Board Member, Project Manager, and Event Coordinator, Bozeman Youth Initiative (non-profit)

Experience

Programing

MATLAB/Mathematica - image analysis, numerical modeling, object oriented programing, data analysis, and machine learning

LabVIEW - instrument automation and data acquisition

Other; ImageJ/Fiji, Python, Origin, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Imaris, leica LASX, FlowJo, Prism, 3D modeling software (Autodesk)

Optical Devices / Lab Skills

I have experience using HeNe, DFB, DPSS, high power lasers, pulsed, and femtosecond lasers, regenerative amplifiers (including alignment and initial setup / construction of these systems), laser cooling systems, beam splitters, mirrors, attenuators, interferometers, diffractive optical elements, monochromators, spectrometers, optical spectrum analyzers, nonlinear crystals, acousto-optic modulators, optical parametric amplifiers, optical fiber systems, ellipsometers, autocorrelators, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, DACs, high voltage power supplies, photodetectors, CCD cameras (both cooled and room temperature), microscopes (two-photon, confocal, and other custom systems), and other devices related to assembling and characterizing optical systems.

Educational

I have excelled in courses covering many topics such as nonlinear optics, Fourier optics, statistical mechanics, classical mechanics (orbital mechanics), quantum field theory, numerical computation, mathematical methods, quantum mechanics, laser physics, advanced optics, holography, laboratory electronics, and laboratory methods.

Professional Development and Research

Select Conference Presentations

2019 Hallmarks of Cancer, Seattle WA, USA. Utilizing Machine Learning and Quantitative Imaging to Explore Tumor Microenvironments

2019 BioImage Informatics, Seattle WA, USA. Quantification and visualization of tissue microenvironments and cellular interactions by clustering neighborhoods using CytoMAP

2018 World Molecular Imaging Congress, Seattle WA, USA. Utilizing Machine Learning and Quantitative Imaging to Visualize Tissue Microenvironments

2015 HBSM, Tartu Estonia. Wide field of view, broadly wavelength-tunable two-photon imaging; principles and applications

2014 SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco CA, USA. A multidimensional screening method for the selection of two-photon fluorescent proteins

2013 SPIE Photonics West, San Francisco CA, USA. Multiphoton bleaching of red fluorescent proteins

Honors and Awards

2019-2021 Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

2011 Graduated with Honors, Montana State University

2010-2011 USP Scholarship, Montana State University

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Research

Current Research

I am working on an interdisciplinary research project in Michael Gerner's lab at the University of Washington, attempting to elucidate how the spatial organization of immune cells in tumor microenvironments influence disease progression and treatment outcomes. Specifically, I am utilizing multi-dimensional spectrally resolved confocal microscopy to probe the local environments of immune cells. This research involves imaging large tissue sections and developing software tools to interrogate the cellular composition, global tissue architecture, and location and type of cell-cell interactions.

Spectrum Lab (MSU) and Advanced Microcavity Sensors

I worked on a collaborative project with Advanced Microcavity Sensors LLC and MSU. I characterized and developed a high resolution, liquid crystal, tunable micro-optical filter, as well as laser systems. These systems use microscopic concave mirrors to form an optical cavity with excellent spectral resolution. This project aimed to achieve a robust and high performance-to-cost spectral system that can be integrated into existing microscope and other imaging technologies.

Graduate, Rebane Lab Research

In Dr. Aleksander Rebane's lab I co-invented and optimized a wide field-of-view two-photon imaging system capable of capturing the two-photon excited fluorescence of ~10 cm-sized samples. We used this new imaging system combined with automated image analysis techniques I developed to evolve the two-photon brightness of fluorescent proteins commonly used in two-photon microscopy and neurological imaging studies. These brighter fluorescent proteins improve the imaging depth possible with two-photon microscope systems. We also utilized our two-photon imaging technique to image fluorescently stained latent fingermarks. We found that two-photon imaging provides a significant advantage when dealing with fingermarks on high contrast backgrounds like aluminum cans. I was also a part of other nonlinear optics based research projects including, two-photon spectroscopy, ultrafast photochemistry characterization, and two-photon microscopy.

Repasky Lab Research

In Dr. Kevin Repasky's lab I worked on the LabVIEW instrument control and MATLAB data analysis software for a micro-pulsed LIDAR system. This system was used to measure aerosols for atmospheric studies. I worked on automating the data acquisition using LabVIEW and improving the MATLAB code, which analyzed the laser backscatter data.

Undergraduate, Spectrum Lab Research

My undergraduate research consisted of advancing a laser system for remote sensing of chemicals, using differential absorption LIDAR (DIAL) in the mid-IR (3-4 um range). I was responsible for characterizing and optimizing a Mono-Block Nd:YAG laser resonator (from Scientific Materials) and the associated optical parametric amplification system used to achieve a tunable pulsed NIR output.

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