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ABOUT ME

I am a 5th year PhD student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. In my research, I have developed a biodegradable nanoparticle platform for the brain-targeted delivery of hydrophobic and hydrophilic drug cargo to the neonatal brain. I am interested in a postdoctoral research position starting June 2021.

Email: ajoseph1 [at] uw [dot] edu

Twitter: @andrea_j0seph

EXPERIENCE

NEUROSCIENCE &
NANOSCIENCE

My PhD thesis is focused on the development of biodegradable drug delivery vehicles, polymeric nanoparticles, to overcome the brain's unique barriers which prevent 99% of therapeutics from acting within the brain.

PEDIATRICS & NEONATOLOGY

As a preemie myself, I am dedicated to the study of new technologies and medicines that can improve the health of the 10% of babies worldwide born too soon.

LEADERSHIP

I have served on the officer boards of the Society of Women Engineers, Women in Chemical Engineering, and the Young Scientist Committee of the international Controlled Release Society.

MENTORSHIP

I have mentored seven UW undergraduate students and three high school students in the Nance Lab. My students have won fellowships and presented at national conferences.

EVENT PLANNING

I have experience planning several large events (100-400 people) with budgets from $4000-6000. Events include the 11th and 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium and professional development workshops at the CRS Annual Meetings.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

I serve on the board of UW Engage Science, a science communication-focused organization. I am passionate about information design and am always innovating my slide and poster visuals!

TEACHING & TUTORING

I have been an independent tutor for the past four years, working with more than 16 Seattle high school students in advanced math and science. In addition, I was a teaching assistant for two chemical engineering courses and am developing a curriculum for a new UW course.

SCIENCE OUTREACH

I have been active in science and engineering outreach to elementary, middle, and high school students through my department and college events. Favorite activities include making homemade caviar and magnetic nanoparticles!

September 2016 - May 2021
PhD Chemical Engineering

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

In the Nance Lab, I investigated design parameters of a biodegradable polymeric nanoparticle platform, and evaluated therapeutic efficacy in rat models of neonatal brain injury.

EDUCATION

August 2013 - May 2016
BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

In the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering undergraduate program, I took seminars, lectures, and lab courses on fundamental engineering concepts (thermodynamics, transport phenomena) as well as social policy, literature, and writing.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

OUTSIDE OF WORK, FIND ME...

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TRAVELING

Portugal and Spain, 2019

Germany, 2018

London and Barcelona, 2017

Milan and Florence, 2016

25 out of 50 states!

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

Isaac Asimov