I am the leader (Principal Investigator) of the Aspera SmallSat Space Mission. Aspera was selected for funding ($20M) in the NASA astrophysics Pioneers Program.
In addition to leading Aspera, I use telescopes sensitive to light across the electromagnetic spectrum to study the evolution of galaxies. In particular, I am fascinated by the complex flow of matter into and out of galaxies. Massive stars and supernovae often eject matter out of galaxies, while infalling matter will play a crucial role in the formation of future stars. This complex matter cycle determines the evolutionary path of a galaxy.
I'm an Assistant Professor & Assistant Astronomer at the University of Arizona and Steward Observatory.