I'm a third-year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, working with Jacob Bean. My research focuses on characterizing the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.
I recently led a project that resulted in the discovery of clouds in the atmosphere of the super-Earth exoplanet GJ 1214b. To do this, my collaborators and I made an unprecedently precise measurement of the planet's transmission spectrum with the Hubble Space Telescope. This measurement is the first of its kind capable of detecting an Earth-like atmospheric composition on an exoplanet. Check out the video below for a general introduction to the planet and what we learned about it.