I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. I search our local galactic neighborhood for planets with the goal of someday discovering and characterizing Earth-like planets amenable to life. I received my Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. My thesis focused on characterizing the atmospheres of sub-stellar objects including Exoplanets and Brown Dwarfs; using a varied set of telescopes, including Hubble in Space, the 10m Keck-II and the 8m Gemini South.
I am originally from the beautiful country of India where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. My foray into Astronomy began with an MS in Astronomy from San Diego State University, though it was my stint at the Space Telescope Science Institute as a Research and Instrument Analyst that truly shaped my current research interests.
I like to live by the motto that the “journey is the reward”. My journey through life has had me involved with a number of exciting moments; including commissioning the “Wide Field Camera 3” before and after it was installed on the Hubble Space Telescope, characterizing the Gemini Planet Imager, one of the best planet imaging instruments ever built. And now participating in early science with the James Webb Space Telescope.