I am a Ph.D. candidate in Astrophysics at University of Pennsylvania and an NSF Graduate Research fellow. My research centers on ideas that address the observable effects of Dark Energy and Dark Matter.
I work with Ravi Sheth on the Baryon Acoustic Oscillation (BAO) standard ruler, by which we can measure the expansion rate of the Universe and constrain the dark energy. We develop physical models and statistical methods which allow the data from large scale surveys constrain cosmological models.
I also work with Robyn Sanderson on galactic dynamics and generating synthetic Milky Way surveys based on cosmological simulations. We focus on ways to probe the nature of dark matter by studying the dynamics of galaxies and the orbital properties of their stars.
Prior to Penn, I received my B.Sc. in Physics (with a minor in Computer Science) at Sharif University of Technology (Tehran, Iran), where I worked with Shant Baghram on the excursion set theory and stochastic aspects of dark matter halo formation.