January-November 2016 Christine is working on the South Pole Telescope on-site at the South Pole in Antarctica responsible for running observations of the cosmic microwave background radiation and optimizing data analysis focusing on high redshift galaxy cluster identification. To do her on-site work in Antarctica she is on a one year leave from my research at Caltech as an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow (NSF AAPF) in the Theoretical AstroPhysics Including Relativity and Cosmology (TAPIR) group where she will return to finish my NSF AAPF 2017-2019. Her research focuses on computational cosmology, numerical relativity, high performance computing, and big data visualization. She’s primarily interested in the gravitational force, which she considers the most beautiful and mysterious of all of nature’s fundamental forces.
She studied Physics and Computer Science and Engineering (double major) and Mathematics and Philosophy (double minor) at MIT graduating in 2007 and obtained a Master’s degree in Astrophysics and Cosmology from UZH in 2009. In 2014 she completed her Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Zurich under Professor George Lake and Professor Romain Teyssier. She’s done a variety of work across academic and industry boundaries in machine learning, software development, entrepreneurship, cryptography, computational physics and mobile app development with SpaceX, Open Whisper Systems, BBN Technologies, MIT CSAIL, MIT Media Lab, Lucent Technologies (Bell Labs Site), FAST Search and Transfer, UP Diliman, MIT, JHU, and MIT MEET.