I was introduced to the world of academic research in high school through a 6 month internship in the Department of Pharmacology at UC Davis under the tutelage of Drs. Florin and Sanda Despa, culminating in my first academic poster session.
Simultaneously, my first foray into academic writing began with literature searches and reviews for a series of psychiatric papers with my mother, who was a psychiatrist for UC Davis at the time.
My academic journey continued during my undergraduate degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. As a member of the College of Creative Studies, I was encouraged to actively seek out research opportunities.
I was lucky enough to be able to work with Professor Baron Peters in the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCSB, under the tutelage of Dr. Bryan R. Goldsmith and Dr. Geoffrey Poon. In the Peters group, I was able to discover my passion for computational chemistry and develop my skills in both applying computations using existing electronic structure packages and developing my own code to study new theoretical models.
In addition to these papers, I also worked on developing novel Gibbs ensemble simulations to study solid-solid phase equilibria and the freedom to rewrite a sequential quadratic program to study structure-property relationships in catalysis on amorphous supports.
Currently, I am continuing my development as a scientific researcher as a graduate student working under Professor Todd Martinez at Stanford University.
My current papers in the group include a viewpoints on a theoretical chemistry conference, a method development paper on rank reduction techniques for correlated methods, and several development papers on improving tools for electronic structure.