I was born on December 6, 1988 in Palo Alto, California. When I was about 5 years old, my mom and dad rented Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” on laserdisc (!), which inspired a life-long passion for science and astronomy.
Even though I grew up on Stanford’s doorstep, I bleed blue and gold. I received my B.A. in physics and astrophysics from UC Berkeley in the Spring of 2010 and returned that fall as a graduate student in the astronomy department. As a graduate student, I had the privilege of working with Geoff Marcy, a true pioneer in exoplanet science. I also had a wonderful opportunity to spend a year at the University of Hawaii working with Andrew Howard. There, I grew to love hiking, surfing, and poke. I received my Ph.D. from Berkeley in 2015 and moved to Los Angeles to start my postdoc at Caltech.
I like cycling and basketball, and I’m currently playing soccer with the Cambrian Explosion, the Caltech GPS team. In my free time, I like to cook, travel, and play the guitar.
Epic ride on Maui known as the “Sea to the Sun.” You start in Paia with your toe in the sand and then climb for 40 miles until you reach the summit of Haleakala.