Me with my poster at the 227th AAS Meeting in Kissimmee, Florida.

I am Andreia “Dreia” Carrillo, Filipina astrophysicist.

I am from Baliuag, Bulacan, Philippines, an hour away from Manila, which is famous for its lechong manok (grilled chicken) and chicharon. But now I am based in Austin as graduate student in University of Texas where I eat tacos once a week –admittedly on the lower tail end of the distribution of Austinites.

My work involves extragalactic stellar populations with Niv Drory and Shardha Jogee at UT Austin and previously with Eric Bell at University of Michigan. But they’re two different flavors of stellar populations! The former involves decomposing spectra into different stellar populations characterized by certain age and metal-content while the latter is about counting stars and seeing where they lie on a color-magnitude diagram. Learn more about the details of my research on  Research page.

Aside from research, I also thoroughly enjoy giving back and getting involved in outreach activities. This always gives me a deeper purpose for why I am studying the universe. That’s a cool thing and you can’t not tell people about how cool it is! Learn more about my involvement in outreach on my Outreach page.

When I am not working on astronomy-related stuff, I like doing song covers, playing the guitar, cooking, catching up on sleep, and playing squash. I also love to travel (not so easy anymore with my grad student money– oops!) and just getting immersed in a different culture.

Email address: andreiac@astro.as.utexas.edu