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July 2, 2019

After four wonderful years as a postdoc, my time at Caltech has come to a close. Thank you so much to everyone who made this time meaningful, productive, and (most importantly) fun. Thanks also to the Hubble and Sagan Fellowships for supporting my research. Fortunately, I'm not moving far, and I'm so happy to starting as an assistant prof at UCLA. Go Bruins!

Jammin with the Seventh Season

Kickin bac...

June 22, 2018

Over the last couple years, I've had the privilege to work with Samuel Yee, an exceptionally talented undergraduate. Last week, Sam graduated from Caltech and was awarded the George W. Housner Prize for Academic Excellence and Original Research. Sam will be starting grad school at Princeton in the fall. I couldn't be more proud.

I first met Sam when he was a sophomore and eager to get some research...

February 1, 2018

Happy to announce that the latest paper in California-Kepler Survey has been published in the Astronomical Journal (Petigura et al. 2018). This paper examines the association between a star's chemical composition and the number and type of planets that form. We found that stars rich in heavy elements harbor the greatest diversity of planets.

Stars are mostly made from hydrogen and helium, but they...

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