I am currently an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago. I am a theorist driven by the explosion of high quality astronomical data. My primary research interests lie in the formation and evolution of galaxies and large-scale structure in the Universe. I received my Ph.D. in Physics from Vanderbilt University, where my research advisor was Andreas Berlind. I grew up in the Washington D.C. area, but my undergraduate years were spent at the University of Wisconsin on a soccer scholarship where we had the amazing experience of winning a National Championship. I also played for the USA under-20 youth national team and went on to have a short-lived, but highly enjoyable professional soccer career. I now live a somewhat more sedentary, but just as fulfilling life. I'm an avid fútbol fan, cyclist, zymurgist, and terrible guitar player.