I am an astrophysicist based in Los Angeles working as a research scientist for the California Institute of University of Technology and NASA/IPAC. My research uses multi-wavelength surveys to study the cosmological assembly history of galaxies. I use nearby, interacting galaxies to understand how stars formed throughout the universe's history. I also educate the public on the science behind NASA's missions, including the Spitzer Space Telescope. I am Macmillan Publishing's Everyday Einstein with a weekly science podcast with an international audience. (See my TEDx talk!)

In 2016, I was named a L'Oreal UNESCO International Rising Talent after being the first astronomer ever awarded the L'Oreal For Women in Science fellowship in 2014, a 15 year program run in partnership with the AAAS that both awards large monetary grants to postdocs to put toward their research and their mentoring activities and connects early career researchers with high level policy makers in the White House and Congress. L'Oreal (with the help of some truly awesome people at gmmb) made the video below highlighting what it's like for me to be an astronomer, a mentor, a mom, and a volunteer. And check out my interview for elle magazine's women in tech series #TechTalk10!

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