I am a fifth year PhD candidate in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics program at Columbia. I received a B.S. degree in 2011 from the University of Southern California, where I worked in the lab of Dr. Mohamed El-Naggar. My research there focused on microbial fuel cells and extracellular electron transfer in dissimilatory metal reducing bacteria. I joined the Fernandez lab in January 2012. My main research interests involve oxidative folding, the process by which a protein concurrently acquires its native fold and disulfide bonds. I use single molecule force spectroscopy to investigate how this process influences and is influenced by the dynamics of proteins under force. My aim is to develop a precise understanding of oxidative folding in bacteria and eukaryotes, with the eventual goal of contributing to novel therapeutic approaches that interfere with bacterial colonization and pathological misfolding. I am also involved with several other projects, including investigations into the mechanical consequences of post-translational modification as well as protein folding in general.