Claire McLellan is a physicist fascinated by problems at the interface of physics, materials science, and biology. She received her B.S. in physics from Wake Forest University, where she worked in Prof. Oana Jurchescu’s organic electronics laboratory. From there Claire received her Ph.D. in physics from UCSB studying NV center ensembles in diamond, a quantum sensing platform, under the advisement of Prof. Ania Jayich. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford University in Prof. Jennifer Dionne’s research group exploring upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs) as mechanical force sensors to detect intercellular forces. In addition to her research, Claire is passionate about promoting diversity in science and has engaged in a variety of outreach and teaching activities throughout her career.