Thavisha Dharmawardena joined the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute as Flatiron Research Fellow in January, 2023. She works on mapping the three-dimensional structure of the Milky Way and understanding properties of Galactic interstellar and circumstellar dust. She is also part of the Gaia Data Processing and Analysis Consortium. She was a postdoctoral researcher in the Gaia group at the Max Planck Institute, Germany. Before that she completed her Ph.D jointly in the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics and National Central University, Taiwan where she worked on the cold dust emission from evolved stars. She obtained her MSci Astrophysics degree from the University College London, UK in 2014.