I joined the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute in 2019.
I am a high energy astrophysicist and a Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am part of the UCSC Astrobiology Initiative.
I conduct interdisciplinary research on the role of cosmic radiation in the emergence of life, involving knowledge from different fields. While biologists have not yet reached a consensus on the definition of life, homochirality - the specific molecular handedness of biomolecules - is a phenomenon only produced by life. The unraveling of its origin require interdisciplinary research, by exploring fundamental physics, chemistry, astrophysics and biology.
I am also a member of the Telescope Array Collaboration and a visiting scientist at RIKEN (ABBL) in Japan. My other topics of interest are multi-messenger astrophysics of the relativistic outflows associated with black holes or neutron stars, and their potential signature in gamma-rays and neutrinos, and the acceleration processes of ultra high energy cosmic rays.