About

Curriculum Vitae

I am a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University.  With my students and postdoctoral fellows, we research a wide range of explosive and eruptive astrophysical phenomena, including gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events, super-luminous supernovae, and other optical transients (from the Pan-STARRS project and elsewhere), as well as magnetic activity in sub-stellar objects.  We use observations across the electromagnetic spectrum - from radio to γ-rays - utilizing observatories around the world and in space.

I was previously a joint Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2007) and Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2008) at the Carnegie Observatories and Princeton University.

I received a PhD in Astrophysics from Caltech in 2004, with a thesis focused on multi-wavelength studies of gamma-ray bursts, their host galaxies, and type Ib/c core-collapse supernovae.

Since 2013 I have also been serving as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department of astronomy.