About Me

Hi! I'm a PhD student at the Institute of Planetary Materials in Misasa, Japan. My research is focused on the Hayabusa2 mission samples, where I study how organic compounds could form on extrasolar bodies, their interactions with ice and minerals, and how Ryugu itself could have formed. My undergradute degree was at Rutgers University, in Chemical Engineering and Earth & Planetary Science. I previously worked at the Rutgers NAI, ELSI, and NIST .

These are the questions I would like to focus my research on:

How can we use abiotic synthesis reaction networks to develop signatures that indicate life-building processes on exoplanets?

How can we understand the diversity of chemistry of planets within our Solar System and create a chemical network that can identify the hidden reactions those atmospheres might see?

Perhaps the greatest of all, how did the diverse chemical system on our planet evolve, is the recipe repeatable or unique, and can we find the ingredients elsewhere in the universe?

Things I Can Do

I have a lot of diverse experience in my time working as a researcher. I've worked at NIST in novel chemical detection methodology, at a cretaceous marl quarry in paleontology , at the NASA ENIGMA group studying kinetics and thermodynamics of photo-geochemical experiments, and at ELSI developing a neural net that can predict atmospheric chemistry reaction rates. There's still a lot left for me to master and learn. My CV is here.

  • Working with a GC-MS, ionic spectrochemistry, ICP-MS, LC-MS
  • Fluent in Python, Fortran, Matlab
  • Applying chemical engineering concepts in a unique multiperspective field
  • Using Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Neural Networks for chemical application
  • Currently studying abiotic synethsis reactions in extrasolar planets, and understanding how to build specific chemical species in our solar system.
  • Outside of work, I have a strong interest in food science. My side quest is to find the best ice cream in the world.

A Few Accomplishments

Won NASA Early Career Collaborator Award

NASA supported my trip to Japan for nearly 4 months! I was based at ELSI [Earth Life Science Institute], affliated with Tokyo Institute of Technology. Here, I worked on making a neural network that can understand and predict atmospsheric chemistry kinetics. My university was kind enough to publish an article about me here.

Climbed 3 mountains in rural Japan!

I did a climb across 3 mountains in the summer of 2019! Known as Dewan Sanzan, and you visit 3 shrines in order, representing life, death and rebirth. An amazing experience!

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