About ME


During my first 18 years, I lived in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, which hosted a diverse community of Amish, farmers, students, and conservatives. Happily, I left the state to attend Wellesley College in MA, where I majored in physics and mathematics. I divided my time there between my studies, playing the French horn, and getting off campus.

I spent a year abroad at Oxford University, which was wonderful... unless it was raining.  To distract myself from the inclimate weather and the hordes of tourists, I began to learn belly dancing. When I returned to Wellesley, I founded a belly dancing society and completed a senior thesis in which I simulated electrorheological fluids in a shear flow. This research motivated my interest in computational applications of physics.

To escape the glacial winters of the northeast, I moved to California in 2003 to begin graduate school in physics at UC Berkeley. For my thesis, I performed parallel self-gravitating, radiation-hydrodynamics simulations that happen to make lovely webpage images. While my code was running, I danced in Suhaila Salimpour's Repertoire Ensemble.

Now, I am an NSF post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation within the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.