Ivanna Escala uses large ground-based telescopes to measure chemical abundances of individual stars in nearby galaxies to learn about galaxy formation history. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between galaxy accretion history and the formation of stellar disks and halos, and more broadly, galaxy formation in the Local Group and Local Volume. She is also interested in making connections between observations and models of galaxy evolution.

Previously, she obtained her PhD from the California Institute of Technology and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego.