Curriculum Vitae


(last updated: Jan 14, 2021)



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



Postdoctoral Researcher, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, November 2017 - present

  • Advisor: Razvan Caracas


Postdoctoral Researcher, Caltech, June - November 2017

  • Advisors: Jennifer M. Jackson and Paul D. Asimow


Graduate Research Assistant, Caltech, 2012 - 2017

  • Advisors: Jennifer M. Jackson and Paul D. Asimow


Division Analytical Facility Assistant, Caltech, 2015 - 2017

  • Assisted users with the scanning electron microscope and electron microprobe


Undergraduate Research Assistant, UCLA, 2010 - 2012

  • Advisor: Edwin Schauble


Laboratory Assistant, Thermoluminescence Laboratory, UCLA, Summer 2011

  • Advisor: Edward Rhodes



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, Quantum ESPRESSO and VASP)

  • Molecular dynamics simulations (VASP)

  • Atomistic simulations based on force fields (GULP)

  • Phonon calculations (PHONOPY)

  • Structure search with particle swarm optimization (CALYPSO)

  • Structure search with Darwinian evolution (USPEX)