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About Me



Mauna Kea at Sunset
Telescopes at the summit of MaunaKea

I am a 6th year Ph.D. candidate studying astronomy at UCLA. My dissertation combines infrared spectroscopic and astrometric studies of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs with work in the UCLA Infrared Lab on the NIRSPEC upgrade. In the lab, I work on optical design, detector characterization and testing, and mechanical prototyping and testing.

Lindy Hopper

lindy hopping
Lindy Hopping

Outside of work, dancing is one of my life-long passions. I have been dancing since I was 3, and lindy hopping for more than 10 years! I social dance regularly around Southern California, and occasionally travel to dance events around the US.


climbing in malibu creek
Sport Climbing in Malibu Creek

My newest hobby is rock climbing. I climb regularly in the gym but I try to get outdoors as much as I can! My most recent trip, I did my first multi-pitch sport climbs in Zion National Park and Red Rock Canyon. I’m also learning to trad climb in Joshua Tree.


Cosplaying our D&D characters

When I’m not in the lab, on the dance floor, or climbing rocks, I enjoy traveling the world, cooking, knitting, reading, biking, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with my lab mates.

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