A native of Arizona, I studied chemistry at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University, receiving my bachelor’s degree in 2000. I then did graduate work in chemistry at SUNY Stony Brook and Brown University, eventually specializing in time-resolved studies of the dynamics of chemical reactions. Following my interest in combining chemistry with ultrafast lasers, I did postdoctoral research at Princeton and Brown before joining SLAC as a staff scientist in 2011.
Current Role at Stanford
I am a Senior Staff Scientist specializing in time-resolved gas-phase chemistry and structural dynamics studies using ultrabright, ultrafast X-rays and electrons. I also serve as the Director of the Megaelectronvolt Ultrafast Electron Diffraction (MeV-UED) user facility and as the LCLS Soft X-Ray Department Head at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.