I am an astrophysics post-doctoral researcher at the Cosmic Dawn Center working with Dr. Peter Jakobsen on the Near Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) onboard the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a joint mission of NASA and the European and Canadian Space Agencies. As a member of the NIRSpec Guaranteed-Time Observer (GTO) Team, I participate in the development of algorithms and associated software to scientifically optimize and analyze observations taken in the NIRSpec Multi-object Spectroscopy (MOS) mode, as well as prepare for the scientific analysis of the MOS component of the GTO JWST Advanced Deep Extragalactic Survey (JADES) campaign. I am also involved in a number of additional studies of galaxy formation and evolution, which include the measurement and characterization of the optical, infrared, and X-ray emission of starlight, dust, and gas in intermediate to very high redshift galaxies; as well as the application of machine learning techniques to state-of-the-art mock galaxy observations to learn their dark matter distribution.
I received my PhD degree in Physics in 2017 from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Tracy Webb (McGill Space Institute), for my contribution to the unexpected discovery of significant star formation activity occurring within a special class of galaxies previously known to be ‘dead’ and inactive (Bonaventura et al. 2017).
Previously, I held a NASA Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Data Specialist position at the Chandra X-ray Center, where I worked in support of the space mission on a variety of scientific and technical projects as a member of the Science Data Systems team. I also worked as a telescope support scientist at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ, while a Boston University graduate student “in-residence”, personally utilizing and assisting others in the operation of infrared and optical imaging and spectroscopic instruments.