A Brief History Of Me


NANOGrav Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
California Institute of Technology

My recent work spans several key areas across gravitational-wave astronomy. These include new Bayesian solar-system ephemeris modeling to correct for systematic errors in JPL or IMCCE models in pulsar-timing searches for nanohertz gravitational waves. I have recently developed new analysis pathways to extend LIGO hierarchical population inference back to progenitor conditions, and the physics guiding stellar evolution. I am also exploring machine-learning approaches to the LISA global-analysis problem.

Read more October 2017 - Present

Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar at JPL
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

I developed new models for the spectra of gravitational-wave backgrounds that are trained on population-synthesis simulations. This allows the details of the dynamical history of massive black-hole binaries to be investigated. I also began leadership of NANOGrav's 11-year search for gravitational-waves.

October 2016 - September 2017

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

My work focused on gravitational-wave astrophysics in the context of pulsar-timing and ground-based laser interferometers. I developed new algorithms to rapidly search for single sources, to map the amplitude and phase content of the background, and to mine stochastic signals for information about the astrophysical environment of massive black-hole binaries.

October 2014 - September 2016

PhD in Astronomy
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

My graduate studies encompassed various investigations into gravitational-wave astrophysics, including cosmological-parameter inference with double neutron-star standard sirens, and mapping the nanohertz gravitational-wave sky with pulsar-timing.

October 2010 - June 2014

Master of Physics (MPhys, First Class)
University of Oxford

My 4 years reading Physics at Oxford gave me a broad knowledge base in all areas of classical and modern physics. In my final year, I specialised in Astrophysics and Particle Physics.


Wallace High School
Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Sep 1999 - June 2006

Ballymacash Primary School
Lisburn, Northern Ireland

Sep 1992 - June 1999