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David Ball

  • B.A., 2015, Whitman College
Areas of Interest: Theoretical Astrophysics

David is working with Prof. Feryal Özel on understanding the physics of magnetic reconnection in accretion disks of supermassive black holes using both general relativistic magnetohydrodynamic and particle-in-cell simulations.

Chris Bilinski

  • B.S., 2010, California Institute Of Technology
Areas of Interest: Protoplanetary Disks, Variable Stars

Chris is researching presupernova outbursts using KAIT and measuring disk sizes using CHARA interferometry.

Alex Bixel

  • B.A., 2016, University of Virginia
Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres

Alex is working with Daniel Apai to study the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets using transmission spectroscopy. He is also interested in how life could be detected through its effects on the chemical composition of atmospheres.

Ryan Boyden

  • B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, 2017, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Areas of Interest: Planet Formation, Star Formation, Exoplanets

Gabriele Bozzola

  • M.S. in Physics, 2017, University of Milan Areas of Interest: Numerical Relativity, Compact Objects, Gravitational Physics

Gabriele is working with Vasileos Paschalidis to study in full general relativity the fragmentations of supermassive stars that result in binary black holes surrounded by accretion disks.

Jeremy Dietrich

  • B.A. in Astrophysics and Physics, 2017, Harvard
Areas of Interest: Extrasolar planets, Planet Formation

Ryan Endsley

  • B.A., 2015, Washington University-St. Louis
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Cosmology, and Galaxy Formation & Evolution

Nico Garavito Camargo

  • M.S., 2015, Universidad de Los Andes Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution Theory

Melissa Halford

  • B.A., 2012, Cornell University Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy

Melissa is working with Prof. Dennis Zaritsky to study the stellar initial mass function (IMF). Her research focuses on possible variations in the IMF in different environments.

Michael Hammer

  • B.A., 2015, Cornell University Areas of Interest: Planetary System Evolution, Planet-Disk Interactions

Michael is working with Professor Kaitlin Kratter on a subset of his research interests.

Yun-Hsin Huang

  • M.S., 2015, University of Chicago
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation, and Evolution

Yun-Hsin is working with Profs. Xiaohui Fan and Eiichi Egami on the Steward/UKIRT Near-IR Imaging of the Hyper Supreme-Cam (HSC) Deep Fields.

Jennifer Kadowaki

  • B.A., 2014, University of California-Los Angeles
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation, & Evolution

Jennifer is working with Prof. Dennis Zaritsky on low-surface brightness galaxies. In particular, her research focuses on understanding the environment's role in the formation and evolution of ultra-diffuse galaxies.

Ryan Keenan

  • B.S in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Physics, & Mathematical Sci, 2017, University of Michigan

Junhan Kim

  • B.S., 2010, Seoul National University Areas of Interest: Radio Astronomy, Instrumentation

Junhan is developing a Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) receiver for the South Pole Telescope (SPT) with Prof. Dan Marrone. He is also working on various projects for the Event Horizon Telescope to study the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

Harrison Krantz

  • B.S. Engineering Physics & B.S. Computer Science, 2017, Colorado School of Mines Areas of Interest: Instrumentation

David Henry Lesser

  • B.S., 2010, Oberlin College Areas of Interest: Instrumentation

Rixin Li

  • B.S., 2014, Peking University

Katrina Litke

  • B.S., 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Radio Astronomy

Katrina is working with Prof. Dan Marrone to study gravitationally lensed dusty star-forming galaxies using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).

Joseph Long

  • B.A. Physics, 2014, Pomona College

Joseph is working on adaptive optics instrumentation and analysis of coronagraphic data.

Jianwei Lyu

  • M.S., 2014, Chinese Academy Of Sciences

Erin Maier

  • B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, 2017, University of Iowa
Areas of Interest: astronomical instrumentation, Astronomy Education, Star Formation

Ramesh Mainali

  • M.S., 2012, Tribhuvan University
Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, High energy astronomy

Currently working with Daniel Stark to study physical properties of high redshift galaxies and their evolution.

Christine O'Donnell

  • M.P.P., 2014, University Of Virginia

Ekta Patel

  • B.S., 2014, New York University Areas of Interest: Dwarf Galaxies, satellite galaxies, cosmological simulations

Ekta is studying the evolution of massive satellite galaxies such as the Magellanic Clouds and M33 in high resolution cosmological simulations. She specifically focuses on their frequency, orbital histories, and their influence on host galaxies.

Ragadeepika Pucha

  • Integrated M.Sc in Physics, 2015, Visva-Bharati University Areas of Interest: Dwarf Galaxies, satellite galaxies, Stellar halos, observational astronomy

Raga is working with Prof. Beth Willman on the study of resolved populations in dwarf galaxies. She is interested in learning about how the dwarf galaxies grow and evolve.

Yujing Qin

  • M.A., 2016, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Benjamin Rackham

  • B.S., 2009, Westminster College of Salt Lake City
Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Planetary Atmospheres, Astrobiology

Ben studies the atmospheres of exoplanets via ground-based observations. He uses spectroscopic and photometric approaches to investigate molecular absorption and emission features of super-earths and hot jupiters, which constrain atmospheric models of these planets. These techniques can be applied to future projects characterizing the atmospheres of Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of nearby stars.

Carolyn Raithel

  • B.A., 2015, Carleton College
Areas of Interest: High Energy Theory, General Relativity, and Compact Objects

Mel Rose

  • B.A. in Astrophysics and Engineering Sciences, 2017, Harvard University
Areas of Interest: Instrumentation, Cosmology, Testing GR

Noah Salazar Rivera

  • B.S. Physics & B.S. Computer Science, 2017, California State University, San Bernardino

Jan-Torge Schindler

  • M.S., 2014, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Stellar Evolution, Cosmology

Jan-Torge is working with Prof. Xiaohui Fan on an all-sky catalog of bright high redshift quasars to study the early growth of the most massive SMBHs, update the bright end of the quasar luminosity function and provide new quasar sight lines for studies of the Intergalactic Medium.

Deborah Schmidt

  • B.S., 2011, Fraklin and Marshall College

Samantha Scibelli

  • B.S. in Physics and Astronomy, 2017, Stony Brook University
Areas of Interest: Star Formation, Astrochemistry, Radio Astronomy

Peter Senchyna

  • B.S. Physics, Astronomy, 2015, University of Washington Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Evolution

Peter is using multiwavelength data to probe stellar populations in nearby (z < 0.1) low-metallicity star-forming regions and calibrate models applicable to galaxies in the very early universe.

Andrew Sevrinsky

  • B.S. in Physics, 2017, Georgia State University
Areas of Interest: Low mass stars, stellar multiplicity, Exoplanets

Rachel Smullen

  • B.S., 2014, University Of Wyoming Areas of Interest: Extrasolar planets, Binary Stars, Computational Astrophysics

Eckhart Spalding

  • M.S., 2014, University Of Kentucky
Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Instrumentation

Eckhart is working with Prof. Phil Hinz to help commission the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer, and is working on 2nd-year project to evaluate a new technique for acquiring precision infrared photometry with the LBT.

Adam Sutherland

  • B.A., 2016, University of Chicago Areas of Interest: Exoplanets

Brian Svoboda

  • B.S., 2012, Western Washington University Areas of Interest: Star Formation, ISM, Radio Astronomy, Galactic Astronomy

Brian is studying protoclusters and the earliest phases of high mass star formation with radio and submillimeter telescopes. Currently, he is investigating the physical conditions, deuterium fractionation, and dust properties of clumps in the Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey.

Mengtao Tang

  • B.S., 2014, Peking University

Kevin Wagner

  • B.S., 2015, University of Cincinnati
Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Circumstellar disks, and Planet formation

Kevin is using ground-based adaptive optics systems (such as VLT/SPHERE and MagAO) to search for young and forming planetary systems, and to study these archetypes of mature planetary systems through high-contrast imaging and spectroscopy.

Ya-Lin Wu

  • M.S., 2011, National Taiwan University Areas of Interest: Adaptive optics, Exoplanets, Extragalactic Astronomy

Ya-Lin is a member of the Magellan VisAO team, and is working with Prof. Laird Close on the direct imaging of exoplanets.

Minghao Yue

  • B.A., 2016, Peking University Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Quasar Host Galaxies

Minghao is working with Prof. Xiaohui Fan on the environment of quasars and their host galaxies.

Yifan Zhou

  • B.S., 2014, Peking University