My primary research interests are polymer processing, additive manufacturing, and nanofiber research in tissue engineering, antimicrobial materials, and filtration. My major focus is on recycling waste plastics and other materials into additive manufacturing feedstocks. I am part of a winning Marine Innovation Challenge team in which I worked on building a mobile laboratory that recycles plastics into filament for 3-D printing. I hold a B.A. in chemistry from St. Olaf College and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Delaware, where I explored using electrospun nanofibers to control neurite outgrowth via protein chemistry and contact guidance.