I received my MSci degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2016. During my undergraduate studies, I participated in several summer internship programmes during which I began working in X-ray Astronomy, first focusing on the physics of hot gas in Galaxy Clusters and later on the physics of obscured Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN). In my Master’s year project I studied the X-ray timing properties of a highly variable nearby AGN.
I have continued with PhD studies at the University of Cambridge. During my PhD I studied accretion disc winds in various accreting systems using high-resolution X-ray spectroscopy, under the supervision of Prof Andrew Fabian and Dr Ciro Pinto. Initially I focused on the so-called Ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), a class of highly accreting stellar-mass accretors in nearby galaxies, and detected the first evidence for a disc wind in a ULX powered by a neutron star. In the second part of my PhD I studied the physics of ionised outflows in several highly accreting supermassive black holes (Narrow Line Seyfert I class). Finally, I worked on the famous neutron star X-ray binary Hercules X-1 in the X-ray spectrum of which I detected time variable ionised absorption from a disc wind. Towards the end of my PhD, I became the PI of a large observational campaign on Hercules X-1 with XMM-Newton to study the physics and energetics of its variable wind.
I joined the HETG team at MIT in January 2021 under the supervision of Dr David Huenemoerder and Prof Erin Kara.