Curriculum Vitae



California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA USA

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Geophysics, June 2017                                                                                         

  • Master of Science, Geophysics, June 2015   

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), CA USA

  • Bachelor of Science, Geology (summa cum laude), June 2012


University of California, Irvine (UCI), CA USA

  • Undergraduate studies, Earth Science, Campuswide Honors Program, 2008 - 2010



Computational Geochemist, Terramera, Sept 2021 - present

  • Investigating the behavior of soil organic carbon with ab initio modeling


Postdoctoral Researcher, ENS Lyon, CNRS, Nov 2017 - Aug 2021

  • Modeling the behavior of volatiles in the Early Earth's global magma ocean                                                                                      

Postdoctoral Researcher, Caltech, Jun - Nov 2017

  • Synchrotron diamond-anvil cell experiments on high-pressure polymorphs of ferrosilite   


Graduate Research Assistant, Caltech, 2012 - 2017​

  • Synchrotron diamond-anvil cell experiments on iron-bearing lower mantle phases

  • Density functional theory calculations of high-pressure iron-bearing carbonates                                                                                        

Division Analytical Facility Assistant, Caltech, 2015 - 2017​

  • Assisted users with the scanning electron microscope and electron microprobe                                                                                      

Undergraduate Research Assistant, UCLA, 2010 - 2012

  • Density functional theory calculations of carbonates and silicate perovksites                                                                                        

Laboratory Assistant, Thermoluminescence Laboratory, UCLA, Summer 2011

  • Infrared stimulated luminescence measurements on quartz and feldspar grains                                                                           


Guest Lecturer at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon

  • Mineral Physics II, October 2020


Adjunct Professorship at Occidental College

  • Earth Materials Lecture, Fall 2015

  • Earth Materials Laboratory, Fall 2015


Teaching Assistantships at Caltech

  • Mineralogy Lecture and Physical Laboratory, Fall 2016

  • Mineral Physics, Winter 2016

  • Spectroscopy of Minerals, Spring 2014

  • Analytical Techniques Laboratory, Winter 2013


Tutorial Leader Position at The Learning Academic Resource Center at UCI

  • Calculus, Fall 2009



  • Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

  • Electron microprobe analysis (EMPA)

  • Vibrational spectroscopy (IR/Raman)

  • Laser-heated diamond anvil cell experiments (LH-DAC)

  • Nuclear resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (NRIXS)

  • Time-domain synchrotron Mössbauer spectroscopy (SMS)

  • Single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD)




  • Density functional theory (ABINIT, QE, VASP, GAUSSIAN, SPARTAN)

  • Molecular dynamics simulations (VASP, QE)

  • Atomistic simulations based on force fields (GULP)

  • Phonon calculations (PHONOPY)

  • Structure search with particle swarm optimization (CALYPSO)

  • Structure search with Darwinian evolution (USPEX)

  • Post-processing and data analysis (Python)