I am an astrophysicist working as a staff scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia. My research uses multi-wavelength surveys to study the cosmological assembly history of galaxies. I use nearby, interacting galaxies to understand how stars formed throughout the universe's history with a focus on radio and submillimeter wavelengths. I am also Macmillan Publishing's Everyday Einstein with a weekly science podcast with an international audience. (See my TEDx talk!)
In 2016, I was named a L'Oreal UNESCO International Rising Talent after being the first astronomer ever awarded the L'Oreal For Women in Science fellowship in 2014, a 15 year program run in partnership with the AAAS that both awards large monetary grants to postdocs to put toward their research and their mentoring activities and connects early career researchers with high level policy makers in the White House and Congress. L'Oreal (with the help of some truly awesome people at gmmb) made the video below highlighting what it's like for me to be an astronomer, a mentor, a mom, and a volunteer. And check out my interview for elle magazine's women in tech series #TechTalk10!