"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 unlocking secrets of the Universe is only made stronger by sharing that enthusiasm as a science communicator. I aim to apply the computational skills I have developed to solve practical problems that improve the lives of others.
My current research includes developing innovative image processing pipelines at scale, searching for black holes in the Milky Way and constructing a new method for finding solar system objects and possibly 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.
Check out my GitHub page to see projects I'm currently working on and visit my Research Page to learn more about my astronomical work!