I am a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Harvard Physics Department and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. I am working with Professor Roxanne Guenette on the NEXT Experiment, which searches for Majorana neutrinos. The discovery of Majorana neutrinos would tell us that the neutrino is its own antiparticle, a property currently unknown about this fundamental particle. The NEXT Experiment searches for Majorana neutrinos through neutrinoless double beta decay, a decay that can only occur if neutrinos are their own antiparticle. We use a gaseous xenon time projection chamber which gives excellent sensitivity to this type of decay through its excellent energy resolution, low background, and ability to reconstruct tracks of particles within the detector. I study the energy resolution of the future detectors the NEXT Experiment will build by using simulations written in Geant4 and C++.
For my undergraduate degree, at the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), I studied both particle physics and astronomy. I worked with Professor Stephanie Majewski on improving the clustering algorithms for the trigger system of the ATLAS detector, a general purpose detector on the LHC which collides protons at a center of mass energy of 13 TeV. This included using python programming and FPGAs. I also worked with Dr. Scott Fisher and Dr. Inger Jorgense on the evolutionary history of bulge-dominated field galaxies using data from the GEMINI Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.
I am also passionate about equity and inclusion as well as outreach. My current focus is on the website A World of Women in STEM (WOW STEM), which I cofounded to highlight the research of incredible female scientists at an accessible level. More details on current and past work can be found in the Volunteer Work tab.