Diagnostic Technology

Expanding the Horizons of Diagnostic Technology


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I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Department of Oregon Health and Science University. As a member of the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center in the Knight Cancer Institute my research is focused on advancing technology capable of detecting cancer at its earliest stages, when treatment is most effective. I am also involved in various leadership and volunteering positions.

Utilizing cutting edge nanofabrication techniques, I fabricate novel sensors capable of isolating endogenous nanoparticles from complex liquid biopsy samples and quantify the presence of biomarkers of interest in a cost-effective manner. I focus on rapid prototyping, automation, and rigorous experimental validation with my background in analytical chemistry. I have in depth experience with clean room practices and maintenance, microscope automation, machine learning, and synthetic chemistry.

I am grateful to have had opportunities to mentor researchers beginning their careers alongside my own. I hosted an intern through the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion Equity Research Program. I also hired a part time undergraduate student worker to work year round on a project which I lead in the Knight Cancer Institute. I have worked with these positions to help make a career path and secure other prestigious internships and research experiences to advance their careers.

Through serving as the OHSU Biomedical Engineering Society Chapter Treasurer, I was able to plan and execute a budget and plan events to advance camaraderie, professional development, and community outreach for other students in the program. I was also elected to served as the Graduate Student representative for the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center Council, where I improved safety for researchers working after hours and developed improved feedback mechanism for research project teams.

NASA Open Science 101
This certification was earned after completion of the NASA Open Science Curriculum which covers topics including when and how to share open source programs and data.

Seeking a career in biosensor design and fabrication research

Estimated Defense Summer 2025



Class 100 cleanroom fabrication techniques enable rapid development of sub-micron resolution devices for biological sensing techniques.


Manipulation and isolation of endogenous nanoparticles from complex biological samples by utilizing cutting edge electrokinetic methods.


Electrochemical analysis enables highly sensitive analytical techniques at a reasonable price-point, making diagnostic technology widely accessible.


Following are publications for which I designed the front cover journal art.
Scientific illustration connects authors with their projects on a deeper level and helps to communicate the main focus of the project in a more accessible medium that enhances the impact of the corresponding scientific literature.

Electrophoresis, Volume 44, Issue 15-16, 2023

The artwork depicts two circular microelectrodes showing the formation of hydrogel domes which enhance the electric field gradient of the system. Depicting electric fields in an artistic manner is notoriously difficult. Here, I tried to capture the electric field in the style of the aurora borealis. Structures were generated in Autodesk Fusion 360, additional details were added in the GNU Image Manipulation Program, and finishing touches were performed by a third party illustrator.

Luna R, Heineck D, Hinestrosa JP, Dobrovolskaia I, Hamilton S, Malakian A, Gustafson KT, Huynh KT, Kim S, Ware J, Stimson E, Ross C, Schutt CE, Ibsen SD. Enhancement of dielectrophoresis‐based particle collection from high conducting fluids due to partial electrode insulation. Electrophoresis. 2023 Jul 10.

Preparing for Your Qualifying Exam, OHSU Biomedical Engineering Department, Winter term 2023, invited by department chair