About Me

I received my Bachelor's of Science degree from Drexel University in Astrophysics with a minor in Mathematics in 2015. Under advisement of Dr. Michelle Dolinski, my undergraduate thesis was the development of a real-time liquid xenon purity monitor for the EXO collaboration.

My graduate work was in the field of dark matter direct detection, specifically with dual-phase xenon time-projection chambers (LXe-TPCs), under the advisement of Dr. Eric Dahl. For the majority of my graduate studies, I worked on the LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment focusing on bias mitigation and controls for the krypton removal platform. I also operated a small LXe-TPC at Fermilab to investigate a class of rare electronic recoil backgrounds arising from interactions on inner-shell electrons of the xenon atoms. I obtained my PhD in 2021 from Northwestern University, and was selected for a Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award in 2018 to investigate light element doping in LXe-TPCs to expand their sensitivity to sub-GeV dark matter models. My graduate dissertation can be found at this link.

During my time at Northwestern, I served as a co-chair for the outreach committee of the Physics and Astronomy Graduate Student Communitu. The goal of the outreach committee is generate public interest in physics and science as a whole and to encourage younger generations to pursue careers in STEM fields.

In 2021 I was awarded a Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab to continue my research in dark matter direct detection. In this position I am pursuing quantum technologies for sub-GeV particle dark matter detection as well as collaborating on the MAGIS-100 atom interferometery experiment.

In my free time I enjoy cycling, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and powerlifting. I am also an avid snowboarder and advanced open water SCUBA diver, with more than 50 hours bottom time.