Carla has developed various projects including nanomaterials, crystallography, organic synthesis, and formulation. After graduating with a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary where she specialized in inorganic and analytical chemistry, Carla completed her Ph.D. in 2008 at McGill University in Montreal, with Dr. D.S. Bohle, the Canadian Chair in Bioinorganic chemistry. Her thesis focused on colloidal zinc oxide nanomaterials and their bio-sensing and photocatalytic applications resulting in a communication and several publications in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Bioconjugates. Interested in the commercial sector, she was awarded a DAAD-Rise Pro scholarship and completed an industrial internship at BASF in Germany. During this internship she investigated the formulation and stabilization of non-aqueous solutions and foams for pharmaceutical and petroleum applications and successfully researched emulsion theory and preparation, mentoring, and filing a patent. As a scientific researcher, Carla helps Exciton move forward and expand both scientifically and technologically.