I am an EVLA Commissioning Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The EVLA (Expanded Very Large Array), a state-of-the-art upgrade to the Very Large Array telescope, is now delivering unprecedented bandwidth and observing capabilities, revealing an amazing new look at the radio universe.
My research is currently focused on using these new capabilities to better understand the physics of the high-energy, transient universe. I am an investigator on the EVLA Nova Project, a collaboration of observers and theorists who are leading a new effort to understand novae in our galaxy. I also coordinated an EVLA campaign to acquire observations of a nearby supernova in M51, obtaining some of the best radio data from this kind of object to date.
I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at MIT, working with Deepto Chakrabarty. My thesis work focused on neutron star X-ray binary systems — in particular, the use of high- and low-resolution X-ray spectra to determine the physical parameters and characteristics of such systems. I have employed data from a number of instruments, including the Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton Observatory, and Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer, to help answer some outstanding questions ranging from single-object studies of accretion-powered millisecond pulsars to population characteristics of thermonuclear X-ray burst sources.