I am an astrophysicist interested in understanding the origin and evolution of galaxies like our own Milky Way. My primary research focus is in figuring out how galaxies build different elements. I think a deep understanding of physical conditions affecting the production and distribution of chemicals in galaxies is crucial for solving the age-old mystery of our existence on earth.
Using optical and near-infrared spectroscopic observations of galaxies from some of the largest telescopes in the world such as Keck in Hawaii and VLTs in Chile, I look for the signature of evolution in the kinematic, chemical and other inter-stellar medium properties of galaxies over the past 12 billion years. My work establishes a direct connection between observations and, the state-of-the-art hydrodynamical simulations and theoretical models, which is essential to fully understand the physics of galaxy formation and evolution. By integrating observational techniques with computer simulations, my research is pushing the boundary of observational astronomy.
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney with Prof. Kim-Vy Tran. I did my graduate studies (2018) at Australian National University (ANU), Canberra with Prof. Lisa Kewley and Dr. Tiantian Yuan. I grew up in India, where I did a dual bachelors and masters degree in Physics at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali.
My other passion is baking. A multiseed sourdough bread is the highlight from my recent baking adventures.