About me

I grew up in a sugar cane plantation in northern Costa Rica, 50 km from the Nicaraguan civil war. I did not even notice.
The photograph above shows the plantation with the famous Arenal volcano in the background. Clear days are rare. I mostly remember the torrential rain and the thunder.


  • Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Washington, 2018-
  • Postdoctoral scholar, The University of Chicago, 2016-2017.
  • Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Chicago, 2012-2016.


  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, United States, PhD, 2012.
  • Duke University, Durham, NC, United States, BS summa cum laude, 2007.
  • British School of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica, IB Diploma, 2002.