Personal Statement

I received my doctorate in biochemistry at Boston University and my postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. I then accepted a position at the University of Central Florida as an assistant professor at The NanoScience Technology Center (NSTC), eventually becoming an associate professor with tenure. Although initially trained as a biochemist, during my postdoctoral training I developed into a bio-organic and conjugation chemist. I also trained in molecular imaging, particularly the development of iron oxide nanoparticles as MRI probes and nanosensors. My current research interests are the development of novel nanoparticle-based systems that integrate imaging and drug delivery capabilities, molecular imaging, diagnostics and therapeutics for cancer. My research group has developed various nanoparticle formulations for the targeted delivery of drugs and imaging agents that could potentially be further developed as potential clinical agents for the dual imaging and treatment of tumors. In addition to my research background and expertise, I have been involved in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in biochemistry, nanotechnology and biomedical imaging. In addition, I have supervised and mentored masters and doctorate students in their thesis projects.