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.
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.
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.
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.