About Me

Education

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge 

Ph.D. Astronomy

  • Supervisor: Dr Nikku Madhusudhan

  • Exoplanet atmospheres (low-mass planets to gas giants and brown dwarfs)

  • Self-consistent atmospheric modelling and atmospheric retrievals of emission spectra

Cambridge, UK

2017 - present

Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

MSci Natural Sciences, Astronomy (1st class)

Cambridge, UK

2016 - 2017

Pembroke College, University of Cambridge

BA Natural Sciences, Astronomy (1st class)

Cambridge, UK

2012 - 2016

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

     2020       Murdin Prize, IoA Cambridge 

2017-2021  UK STFC Ph.D. Studentship

2013-2017  Pembroke College Foundation Scholar

     2016       Dr Stevens Prize for Natural Sciences 

     2016       ASTRON/JIVE Summer Studentship

     2014       Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, Summer Studentship

     2012       Cuthbert Award for Science

     2012       Prize for best performance in Physics, St Leonard's, Durham

     2012       Prize for best performance in Mathematics, St Leonard's, Durham

     2019       Pembroke College Travel Grant

     2019       Travel support, SEEC Symposium on Rocky Exoplanets, NASA Goddard, $1k

     2019       Travel support, Digital Exoplanets conference, Prague, fully funded

Additional Research Experience

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge 

Undergraduate Research Project

  • Supervisors: Prof. Mark Wyatt, Dr Rik van Lieshout, Dr Grant Kennedy

  • Developed a dust cloud model to interpret the irregular light curve of KIC 8462852 using MCMC analysis

Cambridge, UK

2016 - 2017

ASTRON, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy

Summer Student

  • Supervisors: Prof. Antonia Rowlinson, Dr Jess Broderick

  • Analysed LOFAR data to search for radio counterparts to the first two LIGO gravitational wave events.

Dwingeloo, Netherlands

2016

Cambridge, UK

2014

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge 

Summer Student

  • Supervisor: Dr Grant Kennedy

  • Modelled debris disks and exo-zodiacal dust to assess impact of habitable zone dust on exo-Earth imaging.

  • Results published in MNRAS (Kennedy & Piette 2015)

Teaching, Outreach and Committee Experience

University Open Day Speaker

University of Cambridge

  • Departmental representative for introducing undergraduate Astronomy course to prospective students

Undergraduate Examination Support

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

  • Assisted with mark checking for 3rd year undergraduate Astronomy examinations

Stellar Structure and Evolution Undergraduate Teaching

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

  • Taught stellar structure and evolution to 3rd year undergraduate students in small groups

Member of Women's Focus Group

Institute of Astronomy, Kavli Institute & Battcock Centre, Cambridge

  • Communicate developments from the IoA's EDI committee

Physics Undergraduate Teaching

Pembroke College

  • Taught Physics to 1st year undergraduate students in small groups

  • Received excellent student feedback and was commended by Senior Tutor

Co-organiser of Undergraduate Journal Club

Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

  • Organised and led a journal club for Astronomy undergraduates in collaboration with another PhD student

  • Implemented changes which significantly increased attendance compared to previous years

Events Committee

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

  • Assisted in organisation and managing of department-wide social events

Astronomy outreach talk

St Godric's Primary School

  • Gave talk on planets to 9-10 year-old children

  • Received excellent feedback from children and class teachers​

Volunteer English & Astronomy Teacher

Shree Bhotenamlang School

  • Planned and delivered English and Astronomy lessons to pupils of rural primary/secondary school

Member of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

  • Led development of EDI webpage for the IoA

  • Promoted IoA's International Women's Day activities on IoA website

Public Outreach

Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

  • Gave many astronomy talks to groups with varied backgrounds/ages and received excellent feedback

  • Led group visits of the IoA for school/community groups, including Astronomy talks and observing activities

  • Organised and led outreach activity for Cambridge Science Festival 2018

Cambridge, UK

2016 - 2017

Cambridge, UK

2018 - 2019

Cambridge, UK

2018 - 2019

Cambridge, UK

2018 - present

Cambridge, UK

2017 - 2018

Cambridge, UK

2017 - 2018

Cambridge, UK

2017 - 2018

Durham, UK

2017

Bhotenamlang, Nepal

2017

Cambridge, UK

2016 - present

Cambridge, UK

2015 - 2018