News & Updates

June 10, 2023, 

My BAAS article was posted online, in which I discuss ten ways that departments, institutes, and conference organizers in Astronomy can improve support resources for astronomers that experience harassment.
Find it here:
Astrobites post:

June 2, 2023: Podcast about Cosmic Battleship

Check out this month’s Colloquy #podcast: “A Cosmic Game of Battleship” featuring astrophysicist Floor Broekgaarden, PhD ‘23, who discusses the impact of massive stars & her algorithm that is revolutionizing computer simulations of the universe.  Listen to the full video at: 

May 28 2023: GRADUATED!

And received my diploma.

 Proud to be the First Dr in my family!


May 15, 2023: I was awarded the Harvard Keto Thesis prize

For the best thesis in theoretical Astrophysics within the Harvard Astronomy department! See announcement below. 

April 24, 2023, I am a DR. now!!
Received my Ph.D. after a successful defense. You can watch the defense via the youtube link below. 

Download my PhD Thesis Colloquium slides at:

April 11, 2023, Harvard Horizons talk!

As part of the Harvard Horizons program, I gave a TED-style talk about my research at Harvard. You can listen to via the link below. And read more about it at 

Presenting a TEDx-style talk for the Harvard Horizons Program

April 1, 2023
I wrote a fun April’s Fools paper about “counting Gravitational Wave detections”. You can find it at and see the page GWfun for the visualizations!

18 March 2023

Honoured that I joined the Women in Physics (WiP) brunch at JHU today. What an inspiring group of physicists! In my presentation, I started with this slide that has one of my favorite quotes.  Image of mountains in the background (in pink), overlaid with the text: "Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move mountains"

9 March 2023

Harvard published an interview about my PhD research as part of the Harvard Horizons 2023 program. You can read all about it here:  

29 Feb 2023 

I am working these weeks on many animations of gravitational-wave sources for the Harvard Horizons Program. Below is a very early draft of an animation that could go with a sentence like “”all around us pairs of Black Holes collide, releasing a burst of gravitational waves that can travel million of years to reach us on earth ”

24 Feb 2023 

Presented our CfA white paper during the Science retreat of our department. We emphasized that the new frontier of gravitational-wave astrophysics is very exciting and will enable many discoveries in the coming decades, and that CfA could have a leading role in this endeavor by strengthening collaborations with the gravitational-wave experts at MIT and the Black Hole Initiative. 

Feb 20 2023

Adam Boesky has been awarded HRCP funding for this spring semester!! This means more awesome science and figuring out the redshift evolution of BBH, BHNS, and BNS mergers. 

12  Feb 2023

— I am moving to New York this summer! — I am excited to announce that I accepted a Postdoc Fellowship as Junior Fellow in the Simons Society of Fellows with Columbia University as host, as well as a Postdoc Fellowship as Simons Foundation Research Fellow at the CCA. This means that I can be a postdoc fellow for 5 years in New York and on a daily basis will share my time between CCA/Flatiron Institute and Columbia University, where I will work in the THEA group and with Brian Metzger as host. Looking forward to this! Please pass by at any point, I am always happy to host!  

30 Jan 2023

We restarted the CfA Machine Learning Journal Club this semester with a wonderful group of organizers: Nayantara Mudur, Carolina Cuesta-Lazaro, Cecilia Garaffo, and Floor Broekgaarden. Excitingly it will be part of the CAMeL initiative of CfA to have a CfA-wide effort to pursue Machine Learning Projects across the Astrophysics divisions of CfA.  🙂 

24 Jan 2023

Presenting the Monash Physics & Astronomy Colloquium at my last week in Melbourne/Australia

7 Jan 2023

Miranda Harkess (UMass Boston and CfA LIP summer student) is presenting her poster on young stellar objects this week at AAS241 in Seattle! Check out her poster at this link. 

20 December  2022

I am selected as a Harvard Horizons 2023 scholar! 

The Harvard Horizons Scholars are selected by the Harvard Horizons Faculty Fellows as representatives of the extraordinary researchers who make up Harvard’s PhD community. These nine students form the tenth class of the Society of Horizons Scholars, a fellowship cohort that offers opportunities for long-lasting community, mentorship, and professional and academic growth. The scholars will receive in-depth mentoring on the art of effective presentation, preparing them for a campus-wide symposium on April 11, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre.”

Twitter announcement by GSAS of the Harvard Horizons

12 Dec 2022

Join the Astronomy Phd School in Scientific Communication in Astronomy organized by the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF), I am joining as one of the invited guest lecturers. More info & registration are now open at this link.

5 Dec 2022 

Presenting my work at the annual gravitational-wave meeting “GWPAW” in Melbourne, Australia

10 Nov 2022

Feeling incredibly proud to close this semester’s Early-career Astronomers & Their Supporters Workshop series at the Center for Astrophysics with a workshop on workplace civility resources & support. This workshop was in collaboration with CfA director Lisa Kewley, Dr Christina Richey and many local ombudspersons, title IX, and other workplace civility resources. I feel very grateful for all the support, including over 300+ attendees.  The links and video can be found on my website tab for the CfA-ECA workshop. 

22 July 2022

I’m THRILLED to share that I’ve been awarded the NASA FINESST Future Investigator grant to further explore how we can learn about massive stars from the population of gravitational waves. The NASA FINESST award provides 100k$ research funding to pursue independent research during my PhD.