Babar Ali received his PhD in astronomy from The Ohio State University, where he focused on near infrared spectroscopy of pre-main sequence stars. He further continued his adventures in infrared astronomy as the Infrared Space Observatory fellow at the University of Rochester. And, from there a 15 year stint at the California Institute of Technology as a support astronomer for the Infrared Space Observatory and the Herschel Space Observatory. Besides pre-main sequence stars, he expanded his research interests to protostars, brown dwarfs, astronomical archives, "normal" stars and formal statistical analysis. He works remotely from Los Angeles, California.