2013 Truman Fellow
Christina graduated in 2007 from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in biochemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biophysics in 2012 from the California Institute of Technology, where she completed a Sandia Campus Executive graduate research project from 2011 to 2012.
Christina's research interests span the fields of biophysics and materials science. By creating models that capture the essential physics and applying—or in some cases, developing—the appropriate computational methodologies, she aims to predict macroscopic properties from molecular interactions. Her research has resulted in six refereed publications in journals such as Physical Review Letters and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA.
As a Truman Fellow, Christina's research focuses on uncovering insights to help guide the design of functional, bio-inspired materials under development at Sandia. Christina began working at Sandia in November 2012 in the Materials Science and Engineering Division and is being mentored by Amalie Frischknecht.
"The Truman Fellowship offers an unparalleled opportunity to conduct independent research on problems of the national interest. The availability of world-class scientists and extensive computing resources at Sandia has provided an opportunity to solve challenging problems in a stimulating and collaborative environment."