At BU, I am a part of the growing stars-disks-exoplanets bloc. I am collaborating with Prof. Andrew West and his group, complementing their work on M dwarfs in a Galactic context by focusing on transiting exoplanets orbiting nearby M dwarfs. I am also collaborating with Prof. Dan Clemens to develop novel applications for the Mimir instrument on the 72-inch Perkins Telescope at Lowell Observatory, and I am developing new instrumentation for the recently-completed 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope.
Caltech and Harvard
Before arrving at BU, I was a postdoc in Prof. John Johnson's group (the Exolab, formerly at Caltech, now at Harvard). Together we have been characterizing exciting Cool Kepler Objects of Interest, identifying both the largest exoplanet found to transit an M dwarf (KOI-254, Kepler 45) and the smallest (KOI-961, Kepler 42), as well as multi-planet systems (KOI-952, Kepler 32). I am also a collaborator on the Minerva Project having designed the focal plane units for the telescopes.
NASA's Jet Propulstion Laboratory
Collaborators J. Kent Wallace and Dr. Gautam Vasisht (JPL) and I are developing novel techniques to measure ultra-precise motions of stars to search for Earth-like planets. We recieved a JPL DRDF grant to build a prototype instrument called LAEDI: The Lock-in Amplified Externally Dispersed Interferometer, which is currently under development at Caltech (see Rebecca Jensen-Clem's 2013 AAS abstract).
Cornell, Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto and Lowell Observatory
I used to live in beautiful Ithaca, NY, where I worked with Prof. James Lloyd, Dr. Bárbara Rojas-Ayala (now at CAUP), and Dr. Kevin Covey (now a professor at Western Washington University) studying low-mass stars and conducting the first survey of the Cool KOIs using observational techniques developed by Dr. Rojas-Ayala.
I am a product of the infrared instrumentation group at Cornell, helping with the design and construction of the TripleSpec Spectrograph on the Palomar 200-inch Hale Telescope led by Prof. Terry Herter.
Space Sciences Laboratory (UC), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Tennessee State Univ., Penn State Univ.
My thesis instrument, the TripleSpec Exoplanet Discovery Instrument, was an interferometer addition to TripleSpec. As a student I worked with Dr. Jerry Edelstein (SSL), Dr. Dave Erskine (LLNL), Prof. Matthew Muterspaugh (TSU) and Prof. Jason Wright (PSU) on the project.