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Rachael C Amaro

  • B.S. in Engineering Physics, 2018, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Interest: la Supernovae, Variable Stars, time domain astronomy

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.

Jane Bright

  • B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics, 2018, Denison University
Areas of Interest: Gravitational Physics, black holes, Compact Objects, and cosmology

Katie Chamberlain

  • B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, 2018, Montana State University

Zuyi Chen

    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

    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.

    Raphael Erik Hviding

    • B.A., 2018, Dartmouth College Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Active Galactic Nuclei

    Raphael works with the James Webb Space Telescope NIRCAM team under Professor Marcia Rieke. He studies galaxy formation and evolution and has a special place in his heart for obscured AGN. He can be found in Steward 201F, but don't tell his advisor that.

    Victoria Jones

      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.

      Justin Kang

        Ryan Keenan

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

        Harrison Krantz

        • B.S. Engineering Physics & B.S. Computer Science, 2017, Colorado School of Mines 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 Areas of Interest: Extragalactic IR astronomy, black hole/galaxy connection

        Jianwei is working with Prof. George H. Rieke on the IR properties of AGNs and their host galaxies from z=0 to z=6. Specifically, he carries out comparative SED analysis of low-z objects and high-z ones to obtain insights on the AGN dusty environment, uses multi-wavelength and multi-epoch observations to probe the interplay between supermassive black holes and their host galaxies, and develops new tools for galaxy SED decomposition and AGN selection for the upcoming JWST and future IR missions.

        Erin Maier

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

        Christine O'Donnell

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

        Logan Pearce

        • B.S., 2019, University of Texas at Austin
        • M.A., 2014, University of Texas at Austin
        • B.S., 2003, Purdue University
        Areas of Interest: Star and Planet Formation, high contrast imaging, astrometry

        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

        Carolyn Raithel

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

        Pranjal Rajendra Singh

          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

          Samantha Scibelli

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

          Spencer Scott

            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

            Quentin Socia

            • M.S. in Astronomy, San Diego State University
            Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Multi-Star Systems, Brown Dwarfs, time domain astronomy, Cataclysmic Planetary Geology

            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.

            Fengwu Sun

            • B.S., 2018, Peking University
            Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy formation & evolution

            Adam Sutherland

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

            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.

            Cameron White

            • B.S. in Physics and Astrophysics, 2019, Arizona State University
            Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, cosmic reionization

            Charity Woodrum

            • B.S., 2018, University of Oregon
   Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

            Jiachuan Xu

              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.

              Haowen Zhang

              • B.S., 2018, Peking University
              Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, AGN, Cosmology