Lau received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Stanford University in 2016. She currently works as a postdoctoral research associate with Jeff Moore, a professor of chemistry, member of Beckman’s Autonomous Materials Systems Group. Her research brings together chemical design, materials science, biophysics, and systems biology to develop and implement ‘sono-chemogenetics,’ a novel platform for ultrasound-induced exogenous control of genetic expression. Through fundamental studies of polymer mechanochemistry, a new drug delivery vehicle that releases bioactive small-molecules in response to ultrasound-generated mechanical force will be devised and evaluated in both in vitro and in vivo systems. She plans to continue to work with Moore and the Autonomous Materials Systems Group, as well as King C. Li, the dean of the Carle-Illinois College of Medicine and member of the Bioimaging Science and Technology Group at Beckman, and William O’Brien, a research professor in electrical and computer engineering and member of the Bioacoustics Research Laboratory.
Kisley received her Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Rice University in 2015. She has been working as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois with Deborah Leckband and Martin Gruebele. Her research interests lie in using novel spectroscopic techniques to understand and inspire engineering of materials.