My research is focused on answering fundamental questions about how planets form and evolve over time. Planets are "fossil remnants" of protoplanetary disks, and their present-day orbital configurations and demographics provide clues about the planet formation process and subsequent orbital migration. I'm especially interested in direct observations of exoplanets with adaptive optics imaging and spectroscopy to study their statistical patterns, atmospheric properties, and cloud dynamics. I use a broad range of ground- and space-based telescopes spanning the optical to sub-mm, but most of my research is carried out at near- and mid-infrared wavelengths where planets are brightest.

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My research group will be expanding over the next few years to focus on a broad range of questions related to the formation, architectures, atmospheres, and evolution of planets. I'm looking for graduate and undergraduate students interested in direct imaging, precision radial velocity, and transit observations of exoplanets.


I'll be teaching AST307 in fall 2018. Come back to learn more details about classes and teaching activities in the future.