Brief Bio

I'm a third year Physics Ph.D. Student at UC Irvine where I work with Professor James Bullock. Our group utilizes large cosmological simulations to study the formation of galaxies throughout time. We primarily focus our studies on the Local Group galaxies; i.e., the Milky Way, Andromeda (M31), and the small galaxies that surround them.

Research

As part of the Local Group here at UCI, I currently focus on studying the distribution of stellar metallicity within dwarf galaxies using two suites of simulations developed by Andrew Graus and Alex Fitts.

Publications & Posters

Community Outreach

I've participated in outreach events planned by various organizations that work to encourage young students to pursue higher education both in and out of STEM fields. As a Latino student, I'm interested in partnering with graduate students of other underrepresented backgrounds and taking these outreach events to elementary and middle schools primarily populated by students of similar backgrounds. Doing this is important because young students need to see people that look like them flourishing in order to project themselves in successful roles.

Teaching

I have served as a Teaching Assistant for three different courses in the UCI Physics & Astronomy department. As a TA I have graded quizzes and homeworks and have run discussion sections for the following courses:

Physics 115: Intro to Statistical Mechanics (Fall 2017) --- Instructor: Professor Mu-Chun Chen

Physics 20E: Life in the Universe (Spring 2018/Winter 2019) --- Instructors: Professor Paul Robertson and Professor Aomawa Shields

Physics 2: Intro to Math Methods (Fall 2017) --- Instructor: Professor Mu-Chun Chen

Service

At UCI, I serve on the Physics Graduate Caucus as the DECADE (Diverse Educational Community and Doctoral Experience) Graduate Student Representative. DECADE is a Graduate Division program that aims to increase recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds working towards doctoral degrees. As the DECADE grad student rep. I can point my colleagues to the wealth of resources provided by DECADE that help with various issues such as mental health, professional development, and funding.

Curriculum Vitae