I am a Royal Society–Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellow working at University College Dublin. My research centers around modeling gravitational wave emission from compact binary systems, with a particular emphasis on small mass-ratio systems. I model these binaries using black hole perturbation theory, a description of binaries that models the system as a perturbation to the exact black hole solutions of General Relativity. I have a particular interest in binaries with a mass ratio smaller that 10-4. These so-called extreme mass-ratio inspirals are key sources for the future space-based gravitational wave detector LISA. The perturbative approach to the general relativistic two-body problem might also inform models of intermediate mass-ratio binaries which are potential sources for ground-based detectors (e.g., LIGO, VIRGO and KAGRA).
2014-2017: Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship. Outgoing Host MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research (Scott Hughes); Incoming Host UCD (Adrian Ottewill).
2004-2008: I obtained my PhD under the supervision of Leor Barack at the University of Southampton.
2000-2004: My undergraduate studies took place at the University of Leeds where I was awarded an MPhys in Theoretical Physics . My Masters project supervisor was Martin Speight.
Outside of my research life I am a keen sailor and will go kitesurfing whenever I get a chance. I also enjoy playing Go from time to time and am a fan of the Calvin and Hobbes series of comics.