I am a PhD candidate in the Astrophysics program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, researching dusty star-forming galaxies (DSFGs) with Dr. Andrew Baker. For my undergraduate degree, I attended The University of Texas at Brownsville (now University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley) where I worked with Dr. Fredrick Jenet on the detection of gravitational waves using pulsars.
My current research involves the study of a sample of dusty star-forming galaxies (DSFGs) detected with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in a 470 degree2 survey. Over the past couple of years, we have observed these DSFGs with various telescopes, including the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), Northern Extended Millimeter Array (NOEMA), the Very Large Array (VLA), the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter Astronomy (CARMA; no longer operating), and the Submillimeter Array (SMA). These telescopes allow us to study the physical properties of these DSFGs, primarily by observing carbon monoxide (CO) lines. DSFGs have very high star-formation rates (up to 1000s of solar masses/year!) and our targets in particular are expected to be strongly gravitationally lensed. As a result, the investigation of our high-z sample can provide valuable insights in the study of the cosmic star formation history of the Universe.