A sixth year PhD candidate at the University of Washington, Seattle. Enthusiastic about astrostatistics and data mining. Scientific interests include quasars, and using their optical variability for their classification and characterization. Past work involves research on the LSST Science Pipelines (known as the LSST stack) : validated and verified the science functionality Prototype Data Access Center as part of the LSST Data Management System Science Team, and tested the performance of the LSST stack in the regions of high stellar crowdedness . Furthermore, I have also investigated lightcurve features that could be best utilized to classify quasars from the LSST stack - reprocessed SDSS Stripe 82 data, analyzed the CRTS time series data for quasars in SDSS Stripe 82 . Currently I am using Gaussian Processes to model Quasar light curves as a Damped Random Walk, combining photometry across various surveys (SDSS, CRTS, PTF, PS1).


Teaching: I served as a Teaching Assistant for Astronomy 101 and 150 courses taught to undergraduates at the University of Washington. Specifically, I was an assistant for Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Summer 2016, Autumn 2016 for Dr Ana Larson ; Spring 2014, Spring 2016 for Dr Chris Laws; Winter 2015, Winter 2016 for Dr Oliver Fraser; Winter 2013, Summer 2014 for Dr Nicole Silvestri; Spring 2015 for Dr Toby Smith


Email: suberlak 'at'

Address: 3910 15th Ave NE, PAB C319, Astronomy Department, University of Washington, Seattle, WA