What is your position or role in the DESI project?
I am a PhD student working on simulations for the Lyman-alpha working group.
Where were you born?
I was born in Mexico City, Mexico.
Where do you live now?
I am currently living in Mexico City, Mexico.
What do you as part of DESI?
I work changing the chemical composition of the Intergalactic Medium for the Lya-forest simulations, I have observed at the Mayall, and I just started to get more involved in Public Outreach and with the Early Career Scientists’ network.
What is the most interesting or exciting thing about DESI?
The most exciting thing of Astronomy for me is how from a very small place in the Universe we are able to know so much (and still so little!) about the Universe, its structure and evolution. About my job, to see how the changes I make on the simulations affect the virtual universe we “create”. About DESI, I enjoy my daily work a lot, but the best part is getting to spend a few days working with the telescope and the instrument. Within the collaboration, it is also very exciting to know and share with astronomers and cosmologists who I admire, and getting to know the human beings behind the papers I read for my work.
Any advice for an aspiring scientist?
No matter how hard the way looks, don’t give up on the dream of becoming who you want to be. Allow yourself to turn into the grownup you wished to be when you were a child, and make that child proud: never stop questioning!
What do you do for fun?
I am a dancer trying to find her own language, so I currently take lessons of different styles. I love to travel, I do photography, I am passionate about spirituality, I meditate, paint (I’m not very skilled though), garden, spend time with my pets, and cook–and of course what most people do: watch movies and shows, and waste time on social media.