"The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous."
I am currently a fifth year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of California Berkeley. After spending several years pursuing a career as a physics teacher and actor, I came back to graduate school to develop a deeper understanding of the intricate workings of the Universe. That joy I feel in developing that understanding is only made stronger by sharing that enthusiasm as a science communicator.
My research centers around exploring the very edges of our knowledge of what the universe contains. I am trying to find black holes in the Milky Way and actively hunting for the mysterious Planet Nine. Details of this work and previous lines of research can be read about here. I leverage large-scale computational techniques to transform seemingly insolvable problems into useful science. I work out of the Computational Cosmology Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Peter Nugent, and in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department with Jessica Lu.