University of Massachusetts Department of Astronomy LGRT-B 619E 710 North Pleasant Street Amherst, MA 01003-9305//LGRT-B 522


PhD, Harvard University, 1992

Research Interests

My primary field of research is galaxy evolution, particularly through tracing the gas content and star formation activities over the cosmic time.  Because most young stars form obscured by the gas and dust that gave their birth, I specialize in tracers in the infrared and radio wavelengths that can see through the obscuration.  My technical training is in radio astronomy with a specialization in radio interferometry (VLA, ALMA), and I am currently the Project Scientist for the Large Millimeter Telescope, which is the collaboration between the University of Massachusetts and the country of Mexico.

Teaching Statement

I see my main role as a professor in astronomy to be a facilitator of student success in both academia and in private sectors. In Gen Ed classes, I aim to share with non-science majors the wonders of the nature and the added appreciation coming from understanding the simple yet elegant way the nature works. For the undergraduate major courses, I emphasize their training as thinkers and smart problem solvers, with technical savvy. For the graduate courses, my emphasis is on adding powerful and unique research tools to their tool sets so that students can explore new avenues of research and potentially gain an important advantage in their postdoctoral career.