Supermassive Black Hole Theorist
Hello! I am a Filipino-American astrophysicist from La Mirada, CA. I'm currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as well as the Black Hole Initiative. I did my Ph.D at Yale with Priya Natarajan, and now work with Ramesh Narayan.
I study the formation and evolution of supermassive black holes using computer simulations. Supermassive black holes can be found at the center of every galaxy, and are important for regulating star formation. It's a tough problem spanning many orders of magnitude in spatial scale. If you replaced the sun with the black hole at the center of our galaxy (known as Sgr A*), its event horizon wouldn't even cross Mercury's orbit. Meanwhile, its growth rate depends on physics unfolding all the way out on galactic scales, such as the eventual merger between our galaxy and Andromeda! That's why I work on supermassive black holes on all spatial scales: from the Event Horizon Telescope to cosmological simulations.
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) makes resolved images of black holes at the centers of galaxies. I use general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic (GRMHD) simulations to make theoretical predictions for these observations.