Research Scientist, MIT Kavli Institute

Somewhere, something incredible  is waiting to be known.
Carl Sagan

About ME:

I am a Research Scientist at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Formerly I was a Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Las Cumbres Observatory. I am an observational astronomer working primarily on time domain astronomy, in the optical and IR.

Research Interests:

Exoplanets, brown dwarfs, binary stars; the beaming effect (Doppler boosting), orbital phase curves; time series astronomy, variable stars; binary white dwarfs, X-ray binaries.

upcoming and Recent Activities:

  • Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds seminar speaker, Penn State, February 2021
  • AAS 237th meeting, Virtual meeting, Talk, January 2021
  • TESS Science Team meeting, Talk, November 2020
  • Paper accepted: Wong, Shporer, et al., TESS Year 1 phase curves, August 2020
  • Exoplanets III, Talk, Heidelberg, Germany, July 2020
  • Paper accepted: Mireles, Shporer, et al., Two low-mass transiting companion systems, July 2020
  • Paper accepted: Wong, Shporer, et al., KELT-9b TESS phase curve, July 2020
  • Awarded TESS GI Cycle 3 grant, June 2020


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