Who am I?

I'm currently senior postdoctoral researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, formerly at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian. I research the chemistry of space somewhat locally—with high vacuum spectrometers—and remotely with radio telescopes like the 100 m Green Bank Telescope.

To study the complex physics and chemistry of molecular clouds, star forming regions, and stars, I’ve developed a suite of Python libraries and deep learning models that help us churn through all of the data we acquire, with the hopes of reducing months of monotonous analysis to hours and minutes.

The Smithsonian’s Submillimeter Array on the summit of Mauna Kea, August 2018. Photo by me! fig-sma

Prior to my postdoctoral fellowship, I obtained my PhD in Chemistry at the University of New South Wales, Australia. There, I worked on understanding how atmospheric pollutants like nitrous oxide undergo decompostion by UV irradiation.

Things I swear by

  • Tufte's visual display of information

  • Butterick's typography

  • The Elements of Style for writing


When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling to new places and seeing new sights with my wife, particularly to places with great scenery (Canadian Rockies, Finland) and great food (Japan, London, and Hong Kong come to mind). During my time at the CfA, I was fortunate enough to travel frequently to various sites for observing and conferences; some of my highlights have been Mauna Kea in Hawaii (~14,000 ft) and Green Bank in West Virginia. These were definitely highlights of my scientific career; getting to go to places you wouldn’t necessarily go without a reason to!

Saariselkä, Finland. Christmas 2019. Photo by me! fig-finland