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Jesse Bublitz

My research interests lie in stellar evolution and their destruction mechanisms. Currently, I am studying the chemistry and heating of planetary nebulae, using radio line emission observations to understand the radiatively-driven processes occurring in the extended molecular envelope. I am also interested in how this relates to protoplanetary disks and other cold astrophysical environments.

Email: jtb1435
Advisor:     Joel Kastner

Victoria Butler 

My research interests span a wide range of topics in cosmology with focuses on significant epochs in the universe's formation. I am currently working in the Center for Detectors with Dr. Zemcov on the Tomographic Ionized-carbon Mapping Experiment (TIME), in collaboration with Caltech. I am responsible for creating the software necessary to collect data from and control TIME, which will allow us to study the epoch of peak star formation and the epoch of reionization. 

CAR 1220/1226
Email: vlb9398
Advisor:     Michael Zemcov

Kevin Cooke

I study the formation history and evolution of the Brightest Cluster Galaxies (BCGs) and Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs). Specifically, I use the COSMOS survey data to match stellar mass and star formation models to the available UV, optical, and infrared observations. I also have an interest in science outreach and science policy.

Email: kcc7952
Advisor:     Jeyhan Kartaltepe

Peter Craig

My research interests include working on N-body and SPH simulations of tidal interactions between galaxies and their satellite dwarf galaxies.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: pac4607
Advisor:     Sukanya Chakrabarti

Dorothy "Annie" Dickson-Vandervelde

 I have a broad range of observational research including exoplanet discovery and planetary formation.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: dad1197
Advisor:     Joel Kastner

Brendan Drachler

Brendan Drachler is a PhD student working at the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation (CCRG) under Prof. Manuela Campanelli. He is primarily interested in magnetohydrodynamics simulations of supermassive binary black holes and their accretion disks as well as using the simulations as tools to understand the underlying physics that occurs near these massive objects. He is also participating in a large collaborative effort poised to simulate  accretion processes in binary neutron star coalescences from prior to merger through to the formation of disks and/or collapse of the merged remnant, the production of jets, and launching of outflows.

LAC 2078
Email: bcd3735
Advisor:    Manuela Campanelli

Ashley Frank

My main research interest is in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN).  My current research project involves using the technique of reverberation mapping in order to constrain the size of the dusty torus in AGN.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: alf7723
Advisor:     Andrew Robinson and Michael Richmond

Gabriel Guidarelli

 I am interested in computational MHD (Magnetohydrodynamics). Specifically, I look at the various ways plasma is confined inertially, magnetically, and gravitationally. I am currently working on the last, modeling an accretion disk formed by a tidally disrupted companion around a white dwarf. I am doing so with a code developed by the University of Rochester called AstroBear.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: gcg3642
Advisor:     Jason Nordhaus
Tanmayee Gupte My research interests include working on N-body simulations and Smooth Particle Hydrodynamics. 
CAR 1220/1226
Email: tmg9722
Advisor:     Joshua Faber
Alexis Irwin

Alexis Irwin


CAR A270
Email: lmi3968
Advisor:     Zoran Ninkov

Yashashree Jadhav

My main research interests are Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and galaxy evolution. I am currently working on a study to search for displaced supermassive black holes in nearby elliptical galaxies using Hubble Space Telescope archival images as signpost of gravitational recoil.

Email: ysj1195
Advisor:     Andrew Robinson

Jacob Lange 

My research is on gravitational wave parameter estimation for binary black holes by comparing numerical solutions of Einstein's equation (i.e. Numerical Relativity simulations) directly to the data. By doing this, we avoid ad hoc approximations used in analytic and semi-analytic models and get the most information possible out of the signal as possible. Our method work for unequal mass and generic spin including higher modes.

Email: jal7686
Advisor:     Richard O'Shaughnessy

Muyun Liu

I'm interested in studying the stellar evolution and multi wavelength methods in astrophysics.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: ml8283
Advisor:     Joel Kastner

Chi Nguyen

My work focuses on understanding the extragalactic background light (EBL). The infrared EBL probes the history and origin of stellar emission, which allow us to constrain models of star and galaxy formation. I am working on the fabrication and integration of the Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment 2 (CIBER-2), which uses a small telescope launched on a sounding rocket, to characterize the infrared EBL via its fluctuations.

Email: chn2906
Advisor:     Michael Zemcov

Marko Ristic

My research interests lie in the field of computational astrophysics with a focus on mathematical modeling, magnetic fields, and general relativity, particularly in the case of neutron stars.  Currently, my work involves re-writing portions of existing code into a GPU-compatible format to improve its efficiency.

Email: mr3364
Advisor:     Josh Faber

Caitlin Rose

My general research interests include high-redshift galaxies and galaxy evolution.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: crr9508
Advisor:     Jeyhan Kartaltepe

Jam Sadiq

I am working on numerical relativity, post-Newtonian theory and black hole perturbation theory in the context of binary compact objects (black holes, neutron stars) dynamics. I am interested in the interface of analytic methods with numerical relativity. I am currently involve in developing a new technique for the comparison of numerical and analytical space-times using geometrical scalars.  I am also interested in the history of my research area , the story of gravity, from Aristotle to Einstein and beyond.

Email: jxs1805
Advisor:     Yosef Zlochower

David Saroff

I'm doing observational radio astronomy using the Green Bank radio telescope. I'm studying the Andromeda/M31 galaxy for pulsars and other transients.

Email: dps7802
Advisor:     Stefi Baum

Katherine Seery

I am working on testing and characterizing Si-MOSFET CMOS devices for terahertz (millimeter/submillimeter wave) radiation detection. These detectors have the potential to be a cheaper and faster alternative to current terahertz detector technologies for a variety of applications including looking at protoplanetary disks, star formation rates, et cetera. 

CAR A270
Email: kes4610
Advisor:     Zoran Ninkov

Ektaben Shah

I am interested in how the interaction of galaxies affects galaxy properties over the evolution of the Universe. Specifically, I am conducting a statistical analysis of multiwavelength  CANDELS Survey data to estimate the effects of these interactions on Star Formation and AGN Activity of galaxies.I have been also working on spectroscopic observations of galaxies obtained using the DEIMOS instrument on the Keck telescope in Hawaii to estimate the redshifts of potentially interacting high redshift galaxies.

CAR 1240
Email: eas7266
Advisor:     Jeyhan Kartaltepe

Meaghann Stoelting

My research interests include studying stellar populations and small-scale properties of galaxies in order to better understand galaxy evolution.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: mls6495
Advisor:     Jeyhan Kartaltepe

Teresa Symons

I am interested in various topics in cosmology and am currently working on measuring the cosmic optical background and other faint backgrounds in the universe using images taken by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft. These images have the benefit of avoiding local bright foregrounds found near Earth such as the atmosphere and Zodiacal light

Email: tas4514
Advisor:     Michael Zemcov  

Brittany Vanderhoof

My research interests are in a multi-wavelength observational approach to understanding galaxy formation and evolution over cosmic time. Currently I am using this approach to investigate the kinematics of luminous starburst galaxies at high redshift, in an effort to determine the role of mergers in galaxy evolution. I continue to consider my previous work of the dynamic and chemical nature of circum-galactic gas as it may relate to my current analyses. I am also passionate about science outreach, particularly to under represented groups.

CAR 1220/1226
Email: bxv3026
Advisor:     Jeyhan Kartaltepe
 Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson

I am interested in observational research, particularly in stellar astrophysics.

CAR 1220/1226

Jared Wofford

I am interested in gravitational wave astronomy, and data analysis techniques to study gravitational waves. I will be working on the Cross Correlation technique to study gravitational waves produced from low mass X-ray binaries.

SLA 1025
Email: jw4749
Advisor:     John Whelan

Daniel Wysocki

I am using observations of gravitational waves from coalescing binaries to characterize how frequently different binaries form over cosmic time. This will in turn be used to test stellar evolution models, and constrain the overall stellar population. Other research interests include astrostatistics, time series, transient searches, and time domain astronomy in general.

Email: dw2081
Advisor:     Richard O'Shaugnessy

BS/MS in Physics + Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Students

Matthew Delfavero


Justin Gallagher

Email: jpg2151

Christina Magagnoli

Email: ctm3357

Brian Lake

Email: bcl8886