I am a gravitational-wave astrophysicist
I am a gravitational-wave astrophysicist, looking to understand how supermassive black holes in the centers of massive galaxies merge. I do this by predicting their nanohertz gravitational-wave signatures, which will soon be detected by pulsar timing array experiments. With pulsar timing data, I look for both individual supermassive black holes in binary systems, and for the gravitational-wave background which should be generated by their cosmic merger history.
I am an assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, and an associate research scientist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute. Before joining the CCA I was a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at Caltech and at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. I completed my PhD in 2014 at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Alberto Vecchio.
If you're ineterested to find out more, check out my guest blog post for Scientific American.
January 18th 2023: I am the 2023 HEAD Early Career Prize Winner!
I am deeply honored for this recognition of my research and contributions to the field of gravitational waves. I would like to sincerely thank my mentors and colleagues for their support at this pivotal time in my career, as well as my group members for being my daily inspiration. I look forward to continuing my work on pulsar timing arrays and to the overall advancement of our understanding of the universe.
January 14th 2021: Here is my interview with BBC World Service about the first "hint" of the gravitational-wave background in the NANOGrav 12.5-yr data!
I've co-authored a few new papers!