Aloha!


I am a postdoc in the Galactic Center Group at UCLA. My main research interests are star formation, stellar populations, and star clusters, and I often use high-precision astrometry in my work.

I recently completed my Ph.D. at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (advisor: Jessica Lu, UC Berkeley). For my dissertation, I conducted a proper-motion based study of the Arches and Quintuplet clusters using the Hubble Space Telescope, measuring their structure and initial mass function. My master's project was the quantitative spectroscopy of resolved blue supergiants in NGC 3109, a nearby dwarf galaxy (advisor: Rolf Kudritzki, IfA).

I received a B.A. in Astrophysics from Williams College in Massachusetts. Through my undergraduate studies and internships with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center I became involved in studying the photometric properties of asteroids and comets.