I am a condensed matter physicist with research interests in quantum materials, ultrafast optics and X-ray science. I grew up in the Stanford neighborhood where I attended Palo Alto High School. I went on to the College of Creative Studies at UCSB where i worked in the lab of David Awschalom studying semiconductor spintronics. I got my PhD in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, working with Dan Dessau, where we developed the first system to perform angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) using a table-top laser rather than a large synchrotron facility. I moved to Lawrence Berkeley National Lab for my postdoctoral research with Joe Orenstein where we applied a wide variety of ultrafast optical techniques to study emergent properties in quantum materials and semiconductor devices. I stayed in Berkeley to work with Bob Schoenlein developing ultrafast X-ray techniques to study quantum materials. In 2014 I moved to SLAC where I am now a staff scientist in the Materials ScienceDepartment at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first X-ray free-electron laser.