I lead an experimental group that works with trapped molecular ions. By laser-cooling co-trapped atomic ions, my group can sympathetically cool the molecular ions to milliKelvin temperatures, where velocities and environmental interactions are reduced and where novel molecular control becomes possible. Applications of the research range from particle physics to chemistry to astrophysics.

Awards and Achievements

  • Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation ( 2009)
  • Young Investigator award (YIP), Air Force Office of Scientific Research ( 2009)
  • Packard Fellow, David and Lucile Packard Foundation ( 2009)
  • CAREER Award, National Science Foundation ( 2009)
  • Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences ( 2008)
  • Arthur H. Compton Lecturer, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago ( 2006)
  • Thesis Award, American Institute of Physics, Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics ( 2006)
  • Kavli Institute Fellowship, Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago ( 2004)