I am a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow at Ames Research Center in California. I use a high-resolution imaging technique called speckle interferometry to determine whether stars with transiting exoplanets found by NASA's Kepler/K2 Mission are single or double stars. If a star with an exoplanet has a stellar companion it changes what we know about both the star and planet.

I also determine fundamental properties (such as mass, radius, and temperature) of eclipsing binaries that were observed by Kepler. Eclipsing binaries are unique because we can measure their masses and radii using only observations and geometry, unlike single stars where we typically need models and scaling relations. 

I am also interested in the evolution of binary systems, including how angular momentum is allocated in massive star formation and investigating mass loss in luminous and evolved stars.