I am a first-year astronomy graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. I completed my undergraduate degree in Physics at Cornell University, where I worked with the SOFIA team on data collected by the Cornell-built infrared instrument, FORCAST. My initial research involved calibration of the instrument following the first series of diagnostic flights aboard SOFIA. Later, I focused on the Ultra-Compact HII region W3(OH), a site of recent massive star formation. I utilized the radiative transfer code DUSTY to model the region, and the online Robitaille protostellar model grid to learn about nearby protostars.
Since arriving at Berkeley, I have begun a project with Professor Geoff Marcy on characterization of exoplanet host stars through the SpecMatch routine. I am currently conducting a rigorous analysis of the stellar spectral library used to parameterize host stars, in an effort to streamline the process by which planet parameters are determined.