I am an experimental nuclear physicist with interest in astrophysical processes. I use various experimental techniques to study nuclear reactions that take place inside stars. I focus on stellar explosions where the nuclei involved are very exotic and short-lived. I do most of my experiments at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL), where these rare nuclei can be created, accelerated and studied. I am an Associate Professor of Physics at Michigan State University, and currently I am also serving as the Associate Director for Education and Outreach for the NSCL.