"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 astrophysics of stars and galaxies -- how the properties of galaxies influence the formation of stars, and how stars, in turn, can be used as tracers for galactic formation and evolution. I am an ``end-to-end'' large survey oriented scientist -- I develop novel methods to maximally exploit information in the data, build theoretical models and bear out these models with observation through rigorous statistical inference.
I primarily work on the Milky Way, capitalizing on a wide range of on-going large scale surveys and most key major surveys in the next decade, including spectroscopy (APOGEE, GALAH, LAMOST, DESI, 4MOST, SDSS-V, JWST), astrometry (Gaia), photometry (Gaia, Skymapper, Pan-STARRS, DES, HSC, LSST, WFIRST) and asteroseismology (Kepler, TESS).