Newlin | I am a scientist and teacher who is insatiably passionate about our world. A craving to have a deeper understanding of natural phenomena continually motivates me to learn how things work and make that knowledge accessible to anyone through teaching. I work with science and movement, two areas that are unified by a common denominator of an unrelenting desire to explore the unknown by asking ourselves ‘what's there?’
Background | I fell in love with research the first time that I stepped foot into a lab. It was during my freshman year of undergrad that I became enraptured with the idea of searching for answers to the unknown. With an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, three diverse internship experiences – including NASA – and four years of undergraduate research experience, I knew that I wanted to learn how to think and formulate novel research ideas. I moved from Kentucky to Houston, TX where I obtained my doctorate in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. It was there that I became a leading expert in crystallization with a focus on fundamental methods of crystal growth that underlie Malaria towards designing novel antimalarial therapeutics. I yearned for new challenges after, leading me to join one of the top labs at MIT in Boston, MA where I worked on controlling the 3D-spatial organization of cells to reverse Type II Diabetes. Collectively, I have over 10 years’ experience in both academic and industrial environments where I have collaborated with brilliant teams to solve global health challenges by conducting fundamental research.
Travel | Throughout the past year, Fernando and I have traveled from the United States to Canada, Mexico, and back! Having spent most of my life in academia, I yearned to deconstruct classic social structures from my life and set out on a journey to see how the world works. In order to create fully, I wanted to first experience the social and industrial infrastructures underlying our communities. By first learning how and why people thrive the way that they do, I have begun to broaden my perspectives to hopefully one day determine how to generate synchronicity with our world and our own actions.
Teaching | I am currently teaching uniquely designed courses within science, math, and engineering fields. Applying the same motivation, I teach movement practices including outdoor adventures, yoga and meditation in order to question how and why our bodies move and feel in this exact moment. I absolutely love teaching and have over 5 years of teaching experience; I have lectured in university classes, taught hands-on in experimental labs, and tutored high school/college level students in a variety of subjects. I have experience working across a range of ages and tailor my curriculum to target ages as young as 4 years old, as well as extending to advanced concepts with adult clients. All of my classes are small group (< 5 students) settings created to maximize client discussion time, enhance student-teacher interactions, and optimize communication to ensure concept understanding. I am thrilled to teach you or your student! Reach out to initiate your personalized course to continually inspire curiosity and plant the desire to learn! As always, I aspire to continually manifest ideas that allow us to move beyond social normalcy and explore the abnormalities that bring us to life, a life that exceeds our very expectations.
- Ma, W., Newlin, K.N., Vekilov, P.G., Rimer, J.D., Activating Artemisinin Suppresses Hematin Crystal Growth (In Preparation)
- Farah, S., Doloff, J.C., Muller, P., Sadraei, A., Han, H.J., Olafson, K.N., Vyas, K., Tam, H.H., Hollister-Lock, J., Kowalski, P.S., Griffin, M., Meng, A., McAvoy, M., Graham, A.C., McGarrigle, J., Oberholzer, J., Weir, G.C., Greiner, D.L., Langer, R.S., Anderson, D.G., Long-term Implant Fibrosis Prevention in Rodents and Non-human Primates using Crystallized Drug Formulations, Nat. Mater. (2019)
- Olafson, K.N., Clark, J., Vekilov, P.G., Palmer, J.C., Rimer, J.D., Structuring of Organic Solvents at Solid Interfaces and Ramifications for Antimalarial Adsorption on beta-Hematin Crystals, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces. 10 (2018) 29288-29298
- Fenton, O., Olafson, K.N., Pillai, P., Mitchell, M., Langer, R.S., Advances in Biomaterials for Drug Delivery, Adv. Mater. 30 (2018) 1705328
- Olafson, K.N., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Early Onset of Kinetic Roughening Due to Step Identify Loss in Hematin Crystallization, Phys. Rev. Lett. 119 (2017) 198101
- Polling-Skutvik, R., Olafson, K.N., Narayanan, S., Stingaciu, L., Faraone, A., Conrad, J.C., Krishnamoorti, R., Confined dynamics of Grafted Polymer Chains in Solutions of Linear Polymer, Macromolecules. 50 (2017) 7372 – 7379
- Olafson, K.N., Nguyen, T.Q., Vekilov, P.G., Rimer, J.D., Deconstructing Quinoline-Class Antimalarials to Identify Fundamental Physicochemical Properties of Hematin Crystal Growth Inhibitors, Chem. Eur. J. 23 (2017) 13638 – 13647
- Olafson, K.N., Nguyen, T.Q., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Antimalarials Inhibit Hematin Crystallization by Unique Drug-Surface Site Interactions, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114 (2017) 7531 – 7536
- Olafson, K.N., Li, R., Alamani, B.G., Rimer, J.D., Engineering Crystal Modifiers: Bridging Classical and Nonclassical Crystallization, Chem. Mater. 28 (2016) 8453 – 8465. Artwork selected for cover.
- Vekilov, P.G., Chung, S., Olafson, K.N., Shape Change in Crystallization of Biological Macromolecules, MRS Bulletin (2016) 375 – 3809.
- Olafson, K.N., Ketchum, M.A., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Molecular Mechanisms of Hematin Crystallization from Organic Solvent, Cryst. Growth Des. 15 (2015) 5535 – 5542
- Vekilov, P.G., Rimer, J.D., Olafson, K.N., Ketchum, M.A., Lipid or Aqueous Medium for Hematin Crystallization, Cryst. Eng. Comm. 17 (2015) 7790 – 7800. Article selected as a highlight article. Artwork selected for cover.
- Olafson, K.N., Ketchum, M.A., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Mechanisms of Hematin Crystallization and Inhibition by the Antimalarial Drug Chloroquine, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 112 (2015) 4946 – 4951
- Olafson, K.N., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Growth of Large Hematin Crystals in Biomimetic Solutions, Cryst. Growth Des. 14 (2014) 2123 – 2127
- Hurwits, F.I., Gallagher, M., Olin, T.C., Shave, M.K., Ittes, M.A., Olafson, K.N., Fields, M.G., Guo, H., Rogers, R.B., Optimization of Alumina and Aluminosilicate Aerogel Structure for High-Temperature Performance, Int. J. Appl. Glass Sci. 5 (2014) 1 – 11
- Ketchum, M.A., Olafson, K.N., Petrova, E.V., Rimer, J.D., Vekilov, P.G., Hematin Crystallization from Aqueous and Organic Solvents, J. Chem. Phys. 139 (2013) 1 – 9
- Hurwits, F.I., Guo, H., Rogers, R.B., Sheets, E.J., Miller, D.R., Newlin, K.N., Shave, M.K., Palczer, A.R., Cox, M.T., Influence of Ti Addition of Boehmite-derived Aluminum Silicate Aerogels: Structure and Properties, J. Sol-Gel Science and Technology. 64 (2012) 0928-0707 (367 – 374)
- Hurwitz, F.I., Guo, H., Newlin, K.N., Influence of Boehmite Precursor on Aluminosilicate Aerogel Pore Structure, Phase Stability and Resistance to Densification at High Temperatures, NASA Glenn Research Center (2011)
- Hurwitx, F.I., Guo, H., Sheets, E.J., Miller, D.R., Newlin, K.N., Tailoring of Boehmite-Derived Alunimosilicate Aerogel Structure and Properties: Influence of Ti Addition, MRS Proceedings 1306, Mrsf10-1306-bb10-03 (2010)