I moved to Canada from England in 2014 to pursue my PhD in condensed matter physics. After being welcomed into a very friendly lab group here, I’ve been working on a project where we make sensors using whispering gallery mode resonances in fluorescent-core microcapillaries. Recently, I’ve been working on improving the sensitivity of these devices by using different fluorescent media which can be made to lase. Outside of the lab, I enjoy walking along the river trails, sometimes stopping to take photographs of Edmonton’s beautiful greenery and blue skies. I also occasionally join my labmates for bike rides and swing dancing.
I grew up in rural Alberta and graduated from the University of Alberta. My background is primarily in physics and computing science. I have a wide range of academic interests, including astro- and high energy physics, but especially condensed matter physics. I am also very interested in the intersection of physics and computing, whether that be writing code to investigate physical principles or applying physics to make computers better, faster, and smaller. My area of research is hybrid nanomaterials using ultrafast spectroscopy with a focus on the use of biomaterials as a lasing medium. Outside of the lab, I enjoy photography, playing video games, spending time with my family, and reading.
I grew up in Calgary, working as a lifeguard while completing my undergraduate studies. I decided to pursue a Ph.D. in Edmonton, choosing the University of Alberta for its excellent faculty and interdisciplinary approach. My research involves developing fluorescence-based whispering gallery mode resonators, and using them as a refractometric sensing base. In past projects I studied how to optimize the fluorescent layer thickness, worked on thermal stability, and functionalized the resonator surface for protein and vitamin detection. I am currently working on using a more efficient and repeatable functionalization, as well as coupling the sensor modes with gold plasmon resonances to improve detection limits. In my spare time I enjoy playing the violin and the bagpipes, practicing martial arts, and mountaineering.