A Bit About Me:

I’m Michelle, a sixth year Astrophysics graduate student at UCLA. I grew up in Southern California, but went to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana for college, where I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Honors Physics and Mathematics, with a concentration in Astrophysics. While at Notre Dame, I worked with Professor J. Christopher Howk studying the Warm Ionized Medium of our galaxy through spectroscopy.


I am currently working with Professor Jean Turner studying highly efficient star formation and the effects of star formation on the star forming cloud in the millimeter and submillimeter. My research interests include star formation, dust creation, and feedback.


While I spend most of my time working on research or working as the graduate representative to the faculty, when I am not doing either of those I enjoy cooking, reading, singing, playing piano and oboe, and doing yoga. I also enjoy exploring some of what LA has to offer – hiking, seeing plays and musicals, and enjoying the LA Philharmonic all year long. I also love travelling and look forward to getting to combine work and play with observatory trips.