Senior Lecturer in Physics & Astronomy, ARC Future Fellow, Node Leader, ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav), Monash University

My current research focuses on astrophysics, cosmology, and gravitational-wave astronomy.

I am a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) collaboration, which seeks to make the first direct detections of gravitational waves. My group uses LIGO data to carry out searches for gravitational waves in order to probe some of the most extreme objects in the Universe such as neutron stars and black holes. Since 2011,

I have co-chaired one of LIGO's four data analysis groups, tasked with discovering a stochastic gravitational-wave background.

My Monash group also works on aspects of the detectors themselves, for example, by characterising problematic noise sources, which threaten to limit LIGO's sensitivity.

Prior to joining LIGO, I carried out research in neutrino astrophysics working on the Super-Kamiokande experiment, and I retain a longterm interest in particle physics. I am currently looking for students interested in Honours or PhD projects. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested.

Experience

  • –present
    Lecturer, Monash University

Education

  • 2008 
    University of Washington, PhD