grew up in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania, far enough from city lights that she had a great view of the night sky. Despite this, she didn't find astronomy until her sophomore year of college at Harvard University, where she was the first person to study both astronomy and folklore. After graduating in 2016, Moiya was drawn to the astronomy PhD program at Columbia because New York offered countless opportunities to do science communication and outreach, which is what she wants to pursue professionally after she graduates in 2021.
For the past two years, Moiya has done exciting research in both the fields of exoplanets and galaxy evolution. She plans to spend the next three years as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, combining those two fields by studying whether planets in different regions of the galaxy have different characteristics. In her spare time, Moiya enjoys giving public science talks, cooking, and reading fantasy novels.