I am currently a 6th year graduate student at Harvard University working with Prof. Edo Berger. For my PhD, I am leading a large observational effort to find and study rare types of cosmic transients. I primarily focus on superluminous supernovae, exceptionally luminous explosions of massive stars, and tidal disruption events, luminous flares that occur when a star is tidally disrupted by a supermassive black hole. I use a suite of telescopes located in Arizona, Chile, and space to monitor these events for years.
In addition to the study of the transients themselves, I am interested in the host galaxy environments where transients occur and what that tells us about the progenitors. As part of our group's study of GW170817, the first binary neutron star merger detected with gravitational waves and light, I analyzed observations of its host galaxy. I have also studied the environments of long gamma-ray bursts using the largest sample published to date of Hubble Space Telescope observations of their host galaxies.
Before coming to Harvard, I received a bachelor's degree in physics and astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley where I worked with Alex Filippenko on supernova discovery and follow-up. I started my astronomy career as an amateur astronomer doing astrophotography in the deserts of California and mountains of Colorado.
You can find my CV here.
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