I am a 6th year PhD candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA. My research centers on the use of strong gravitational lensing by galaxies to investigate the nature of dark matter.
Gravitational lensing refers to the deflection of light rays by gravitational fields. Strong lensing is characterized by the appearance of multiple warped and distorted images of a single luminous background object. These amazing systems enbale us to learn about the nature of dark matter by modeling (and observing) the lensing effect of otherwise invisible dark matter structure in the universe.