About Me

I am a final year graduate student in the Physics Department at UC Davis working with Maruša Bradač. I study galaxies in the first billion years after the Big Bang using gravitational lensing and large telescopes. I am passionate about outreach and inclusion efforts. When not working, I like to spend free time outside.

CV and Highlights

For a web-friendly version of my CV including a list of my publications, presentations, and mentoring experience, see here. If you'd like to see a PDF of my CV, please click here.

Research

I am characterizing the physical properties of galaxies in the Cosmic Dawn (z>6). I use data from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Keck Telescopes. For more details, click here.

Side Hustles

I do lots of work outside of work, focusing on diversity, inclusion, and science outreach. Click here for more.

Fun

I like to play outside. I especially like running, climbing, and water/snow sports. Click here for photos from some of my recent adventures.

Contact Me

Feel free to contact me
about research, outreach,
or application help.

vbstrait@ucdavis.edu