I am a PhD candidate at Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration where I study astrobiology with SFI External Professor Sara Walker. I received his B.S. in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as a M.F.A in Teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University. My work seeks to answer questions about the origin and evolution of life on earth, but also searches for evolutionary patterns that could potentially apply on other planets.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County '15, B.S. Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
Notre Dame of Maryland University '17, M.A. Teaching (STEM Concentration)
I am broadly interested in discovering universal properties of life, which are properties that can be applied to all life here on Earth as well as to life on other planets. I focus directly on the homochirality of life, where one chemical isomer is favored over another in roughly 65% of biochemical reactions. Homochirality is found throughout life, and I am exploring its evolutionary basis in order to assess its potential universality.