I was born in Sofia, Bulgaria
in a neighborhood called Boyana, located right at the base of Vitosha mountain. When I was 3 years old, my parents and I moved to the USA to join the Clyde Beaty Cole Brothers circus
with the encouragement of other Bulgarian immigrants. A few years later, we settled permanently near Orlando, FL.
Having been around animals all my life, I developed a strong interest in Biology, which generalized to an interest in how the world around us works. It turns out that the field of Physics addresses this topic. I was lucky to be able to cultivate this curiosity through summer schools during high school, like SSP
and the Perimeter Institute's ISSYP
. Ultimately maintaining a love for both sciences, I opted for a double major in college
, which brought me to my biology-themed Physics PhD.
These days, my interests include reading, weight lifting, vegan baking, amateur photography
, and teaching my cat tricks
and taking her on adventures. I am also working on learning my 4th language! Before the global pandemic, I would enjoy visiting Bulgaria in the summers and traveling in general.