Who I am

I am currently a masters student at Leiden University studying Astronomy and Data Science. I graduated with my BSc in Physics and Computer Science from the University of Oregon, and I am planning on pursuing a PhD.

What I do

I research galaxies, especially high redshift ones, to discover how our Universe came to be. I also apply machine learning to astronomy to explore its applications. In my free time, I hike, ski, and shoot landscape and night sky photography around the world.

What I've Done

I use my interest in computing and interdisciplinary research to study massive sets of data and produce insights in various contexts, including astronomy and biology.

My Photography

My photography is primarily based around landscapes, the night sky and pushing the technical limits of the camera and computing while creating gigapixel images.

My Experience

My research interests are focused on interdisciplinary research, especially in astronomy, but also biology and computer science. Some of my current and past research is shown below. My CV is available here, and ADS here

Astronomy

  • Studying CO emitting galaxies as part of Wide-ASPECS
  • Researched galaxy evolution with the Gemini/Hubble Galaxy Cluster Project
  • Improved unfolding of the detector response for an Air Cherenkov Telescope
  • Used deep learning to analyze air shower images

Biology

  • Developed software for use in gene sequencing for Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)
  • Developed tools for use in various research groups as part of the Computational Biology deparment at OHSU
  • Studied how the gut microbiome in zebrafish affects their development
  • Created a virtual reality program for visualizing biological sample scans.

Misc. Research

  • Used photogammetry to study morphology of statues on Rapa Nui
  • Visualized and compared ATLAS and CMS luminosity data
  • Used Natural Language Processing to study how scientific software projects are used in different fields

Scientific Outreach

  • Taught visitors about astronomy and how to use telescopes at Pine Mountain Observatory
  • Developed an interactive website to intuitively teach astronomy concepts to the general public and incoming students
  • Created virtual reality systems to more easily show people structures of biological systems and astronomical phenomena

Software Development

  • Created software for the administration of REU programs
  • Python 3 wrapper for the SmugMug API 2.0
  • Personal Insights for individual data mining
  • Python Package for Deep Learning for the FACT telescope
  • Android app to control cameras with the Myo armband

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