About

Aloha! I am a fourth-year NSF Graduate Research Fellow and P.E.O. Scholar (PhD Advisors: Dr. Jonathan P. Williams & Dr. Karin Öberg) studying the “Organosulfur Chemistry in the Birthplaces of Planets.” Right now, I am physically based at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian working in the Öberg Astrochemistry Lab to characterize the fundamental properties and formation pathways of complex sulfur organics through ultra-high vacuum chamber experiments. I am also part of the eDisk ALMA Large Program to understand the structure, dynamics, and chemistry of embedded disks (the earliest stages of stellar and planet formation). I focus on combining laboratory experiments, telescope observations, and theoretical modeling (both at the micro (computational chemistry) and macro (2D thermo-chemical models) scales) to reconcile what is known as the “missing sulfur” problem. I write for Astrobites and spearheaded the creation of our climate change committee, starting with my recent article “ The ‘Pale Blue Dot’ Blues,” where I illustrate how astrophysics and planetary science are being used to further our understanding of Earth. Check out the Earth Week x Astrobites 2022 and 2023 for more! I am passionate about linking my affinity for engineering, chemistry, and astrophysics to better understand how the planet we call home came to be.

Research

Ph.D. Topic

Topic: Organosulfur Chemistry in the Birthplaces of Planets
Committee: Jonathan P. Williams (Chair), Karin I. Öberg (Co-Chair); A.C. Adwin Boogert, Daniel Huber, Gary Huss (External)

Affiliations

  • Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
  • Öberg Astrochemistry Lab
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow
  • P.E.O. Scholar

Teaching

  • ASTR 300 (TA)
  • ASTR 300L (TA)
  • ASTR 301 (TA)
  • Created ASTR 185 (was ASTR 399/197 during its experimental phase) with Dr. Roy Gal

Awards

Grants

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2022-25)
  • P.E.O. Scholar Award (2024-25)

PhD Candidate, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, P.E.O. Scholar
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2020, University of California, Berkeley
B.A. Astrophysics, 2020, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. Astronomy, 2022, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Ph.D. Astronomy, 2025 (expected), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • SURPH (Software Utility for Relative PHotometry)
  • Co-Designed ASTR 399 (Introduction to Astronomical Research) w/ Dr. Roy Gal
IfA Mānoa,