I received an A.B. in physics from the University of California in 1989, and a Ph.D. in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 1997. Prior to working at Carnegie Mellon, I was a scientific programmer for the Chandra X-ray Telescope mission, specializing in the development and integration of advanced data analysis methods. I have been at CMU since 2004, working closely with faculty and students at both CMU and Pitt on astronomical data analysis problems.
I work in the interdisciplinary area of astrostatistics. My interest is in developing and applying advanced data analysis methods to complex and/or high-dimensional astronomical datasets. I have worked on source detection algorithms, cosmic microwave background mapping, photometric redshift estimation, methods of quantifying galaxy morphology, etc. I have also advised or co-advised numerous astrostatistical analysis projects.