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.