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2011 -2015

PhD in Molecular Astrophysics.

Modelling Phosphine Spectra for the Atmospheric Characterization of Cool Stars and Exoplanets - full text here.
University College London, UK.
Thesis submitted April 2015. PhD defended June 2015 and awarded September 2015.

2005 – 2010

 Integrated MPhys

Masters of Physics and Astronomy with Honours.
University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
Final Grade – 2:1, Masters Thesis Grade – A.
Thesis title: Influence of a Star’s Evolution on its Planetary System

1995 – 2004

High School Diploma

Portugal and New Zealand, A average.



Postdoctoral Researcher - Quantum Astrochemistry (September 2016 - Ongoing)

Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Joint post-doc at the Kavli Institute (MKI) and the department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. Main project is ATMOS (Approximate Theoretical MOlecular Spectra) which combines organic chemistry and quantum physics to simulate spectra of potentially important volatiles. ATMOS is part of the biosignature detection research being led by Professor Sara Seager. I am also a Heising-Simons Physics Research Fellow @ MIT awardee.

Twinkle’s Educational Co-ordinator (January 2015 - September 2016)

University College London, London, UK
Co-ordinator  for EduTwinkle, the outreach and educational programme for the Twinkle space mission. EduTwinkle aims to create a productive relationship between British schools and space missions, to widen participation in higher education by under-represented groups and to increase girls’ uptake of STEM subjects at A-level and university.

HRA – Molecular Astrophysics (September 2014 - August 2016)

University College London, London, UK
Honorary post-doctorate (funded by Goldman Sachs and RIS) researching the use of symmetry properties to produce molecular line lists with reduced resources (Phantom Symmetries) and the tunnelling motion of phosphine.

Researcher in Schools (September 2014 – July 2016)

Brilliant Club/Goldman Sachs/King’s College London,UK
Participant in the first cohort of the Researchers in Schools program, where scientists train as part-time science teachers alongside their research. Presently leading an action research project on the impact of classroom incorporation of career prospects at all key stages (Ages 11- 18). Active participation in outreach from primary schools to A-level, particularly focused on widening participation and addressing the gender imbalance in physics (QTS awarded in June 2015).

Research Intern (September 2010 – December 2010)

Chemistry Department of the Institut Josef Stefan, Ljubljana, Slovenia.