"The reward of the young scientist is the emotional thrill of being the first person in the history of the world to see something or to understand something." - Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
I want to understand the astrophysical connections between stars and galaxies -- how galaxies can influence the elemental composition and formation of stars, and how stars can be used as tracers for galactic evolution. I am an ``end-to-end'' large survey-oriented scientist -- I develop novel methods to maximally harness information in the data through machine learning, build theoretical models, and confront them with observation via rigorous statistical inference.
I primarily work on the Milky Way, capitalizing on a wide range of on-going large-scale surveys and most key future surveys in the next decade, including spectroscopy (SDSS-V, DESI, PFS, JWST, APOGEE, GALAH, LAMOST), astrometry (Gaia), photometry (Gaia, HSC, LSST, WFIRST, DES, Euclid) and asteroseismology (TESS, Kepler).