Professor | Graduate Coordinator
- Ph.D., Astronomy, Harvard University, 1997
- B.Sc., Physics & English, MIT, 1990
Areas of Specialty
Infrared instrumentation, multi-wavelength (esp. X-ray and infrared) observations of compact objects, black holes, neutron stars, relativistic jet formation, massive stars.
My research focuses on studying black holes, neutron stars, and the massive stars that make them. I also design and build astronomical instruments (primarily infrared and optical) to carry out these observations.
I am currently a Professor of Astronomy and of Physics at the University of Florida. I completed my Ph.D in Astronomy at Harvard University in 1997 under Dr. Giovanni Fazio, and from there moved to the Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Prize Fellowship in Physics at Caltech. I moved next to an Assistant Professorship (1998) and then tenured Associate Professorship (2002) in Astronomy at Cornell University, where I also won an NSF CAREER award in 2000. In 2003, I left Cornell to become a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Florida.