I think perhaps what has defined me most throughout my life in terms of my interests is my propensity to form boiling obsessions. Now, as I get older and perhaps wiser and hopefully only marginally more boring, I focus on using this healthy obsessiveness to continually evolve into a life that is uniquely my own.
Left with the duty of deciding between culinary school and formal scientific education, I chose to keep cooking a hobby I enjoy rather than a job I might not (I still enjoy cooking). I attended Saint Joe's as a chemistry major, played guitar in a band, spent 5 months in Spain, hosted a college radio show, had a dance party or two, worked hard, and fell in love with the hunt for discovery. After graduating from SJU (THWND), I immediately moved to Nashville to join the chemistry department at Vanderbilt University in Dr. Sandra Rosenthal's lab where I earned my doctorate, bought my first house, and realized that I wasn't done making incredible friends. After leaving Dixie, I took some time to travel Asia with one of my brothers, and settled in to life as a Virginian. There, I began a position as a postdoc at the University of Virginia in Dr. Josh Choi's lab, where I studied the exciting material class known as perovskites for application in space travel.
In april of 2016 I had the distinct privilege of marrying my best friend. Shortly thereafter, I excitedly accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at my alma mater, SJU, and Anita and I now live together in Philadelphia with our two sons and two dogs.
Amateur Photography Gallery
another Filipino sunset, Moalboal
one of my favorite driving roads in Tennessee
First day of daycare Cyrus
Newton on The James
a very stately looking Kyo
Dewey Beach, DE in autumn
Anita wrestling Kyo for attention
Delmarva blue crabs on my dad's boat
saying goodbye to Cheryl, the Honda Win that I drove up Vietnam
my brother Kyle and I, Maroon Bells, CO