Hi! I’m Dreia!


I am a proud Filipino and an Astronomy PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin.

I’m a galaxy gal. I study our own Galaxy and how it formed using the chemical abundances of a lot of stars. They serve as fingerprints through which we can do Galactic Archaeology and get a detailed picture of the formation and evolution of the Milky Way.

I also study galaxies farther out. I decompose the spatially-resolved light of a galaxy into its different stellar populations. From this we can get a star formation history to explain how the different parts of galaxies evolve, chemically and age-wise.

My dream is to extend my science and  the astronomy community to my home country by providing research and post-grad opportunities for astronomy in the Philippines. When I’m not busy adding to our understanding of the universe, you’ll find me singing, playing the guitar, squashing, and dreaming of traveling the world.