About Me

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology at West Virginia University. I am a member of the NANOGrav collaboration, which aims to detect low-frequency gravitational waves by measuring the radio pulses emitted by millisecond pulsars. Within the collaboration, my work focuses on characterizing sources of noise and identifying unexplained signals in the pulsar timing data. I also help coordinate NANOGrav observations at the Green Bank Observatory.

I earned my Ph.D. from Cornell University in December 2021, where I worked with Professor Jim Cordes. My dissertation, entitled "Testing the Limits of Precision Pulsar Timing for Gravitational Wave Detection", can be found here. I received a B.A. in Mathematics and Physics from Carleton College in May 2015. At Carleton, I worked with Professor Jay Tasson on identifying observational signatures of Lorentz symmetry breaking in timing data from binary pulsars. This project resulted in a paper.

I participated in an NSF REU with Professor David Gerdes at the University of Michigan in the summer of 2014. As part of this summer research, my fellow REU student Zhilu Zhang and I helped discover several new trans-Neptunian objects in the Dark Energy Survey's supernova fields, including 2012 VS113 and 2013 RB98.