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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.

Haley Bowden

    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
    https://sbozzolo.github.io/ 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

    Vivian Carvajal

      Katie Chamberlain

      • B.S. in Physics and Mathematics, 2018, Montana State University
      https://katiechambe.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Dwarf galaxy interactions and dynamics, Galaxy Formation and Evolution Theory

      Katie uses cosmological simulations to study the frequency and dynamics of dwarf galaxy pairs and groups throughout cosmic time with Gurtina Besla

      Zuyi Chen

      • B.S. in Astronomy, 2019, University of Science & Technology of China
      Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Extragalactic Astronomy

      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
      https://www.ryan-endsley.com/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Cosmology, and Galaxy Formation & Evolution

      Hayden Foote

      • B.A. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2020, University of Colorado - Boulder
      Areas of Interest: Galaxy Dynamics, formation, and Evolution

      My degree is a BA in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder, received in 2020. My areas of interest are galaxy dynamics, formation, and evolution.

      Nico Garavito Camargo

      • M.S., 2015, Universidad de Los Andes
      http://jngaravitoc.github.io/Garavito-Camargo/ Areas of Interest: Galaxy Formation and Evolution Theory

      Michael Hammer

      • B.A., 2015, Cornell University
      https://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~mhammer/ 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
      http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~rehviding 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 253, but don't tell his advisor that.

      Soley Hyman

        Xiangyu Jin

          Victoria Jones

          • B.S. in Astrophysics and Physics, 2019, Arizona State University
          Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Active Galactic Nuclei

          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

          Aafaque Khan

            Chia-Lin Ko

              Harrison Krantz

              • B.S. Engineering Physics & B.S. Computer Science, 2017, Colorado School of Mines
              http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~hkrantz Areas of Interest: Instrumentation

              Sophie Lebowitz

                Rixin Li

                • B.S., 2014, Peking University
                http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~rixin/

                Katrina Litke

                • B.S., 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
                https://kclitke.com/ 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.

                Erin Maier

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

                Matthew Murphy

                • B.S. in Physics & Astronomy, 2020, Stony Brook University
                Areas of Interest: Exoplanets, Exoplanet Atmospheres

                Christine O'Donnell

                • M.P.P., 2014, University Of Virginia
                http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~codonnell/

                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

                Jeniveve Pearson

                • B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, 2020, Ohio State University
                Areas of Interest: core collapse supernovae, Massive Stars, and stellar evolution

                I graduated with a B.S. in Astronomy and Physics from The Ohio State University in 2020, and my areas of interest are core collapse supernovae, massive stars, and stellar evolution.

                Ragadeepika Pucha

                • Integrated M.Sc in Physics, 2015, Visva-Bharati University
                http://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~rpucha 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
                https://craithel.github.io/ 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

                Pranjal RS

                • B.Tech. in Engineering Physics, 2019, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
                Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

                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
                https://samscibelli.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Star Formation, Astrochemistry, Radio Astronomy

                Spencer Scott

                • B.A. in Astrophysics and Physics, 2019, Harvard University
                http://spencerscott917.github.io/ Areas of Interest: galaxy formation and galaxy evolution

                Peter Senchyna

                • B.S. Physics, Astronomy, 2015, University of Washington
                http://p-senchyna.com 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
                https://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~rsmullen/ Areas of Interest: Extrasolar planets, Binary Stars, Computational Astrophysics

                Quentin Socia

                • M.S. in Astronomy, 2019, 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
                https://lavinia.as.arizona.edu/~aps/ Areas of Interest: Exoplanets

                Kevin Wagner

                • B.S., 2015, University of Cincinnati
                https://astrowagner.wordpress.com/ 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.

                Jasmin Washington

                  Cameron White

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

                  Lily Whitler

                  • B.S. in Physics & Mathematics, 2020, Arizona State University
                  http://astro.lilywhitler.com/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy formation & evolution, cosmic reionization

                  Charity Woodrum

                  • B.S., 2018, University of Oregon
                  http://cwoodrum.github.io/ Areas of Interest: Extragalactic Astronomy, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

                  Fei Xu

                    Jiachuan Xu

                    • B.S. in Physics, 2018, Tsinghua University
                    Areas of Interest: Galaxy formation & evolution, Cosmology

                    Minghao Yue

                    • B.A., 2016, Peking University
                    https://yuemh.github.io/ 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