Graduate Student Research Opportunities


Gabrielle Allen

1) Numerical relativity, scientific software, novel use and development of cyberinfrastructure for scientific applications

2) Modeling of compact objects, compact binary mergers and gravitational radiation

3) Development of waveform models for gravitational wave detection and characterization

D. George 1-2
Robert Brunner

1) Development of new statistical and machine learning algorithms and hardware optimizations.

2) Application of techniques from statistics, computer science, and machine learning to astrophysical challenges.

3) Application of statistical and machine learning techniques to investigations of national importance.

E. Kim


W. Biscarri


Brian Fields

1) Cosmology, nuclear and particle astrophysics.

2) Astrobiology and near-earth supernova explosions

A. Ertel

J. Miller


T-H. Yeh

Charles Gammie

1) Jets from supermassive black holes

2) Radiative models of black hole accretion flows

3) Planetary collisions

4) Filamentary structures in the interstellar medium


E. Petersen

A. Gariepy

P. Mullen

Athol Kemball

1) Astrophysical masers

2) Theory of interferometry

3) Gravitational lensing

M. Katolik

S. Thrush

T. Tobin

K. Huang

D. Wen

Xin Liu

1) binary black holes

2) black hole seed formation
3) machine learning and survey science
Y.C. Chen 2
Leslie Looney 1) Structure and evolution of the youngest low-mass protostars and their outflows

2) Probes of circumstellar disks in T Tauri stars

3) Observational constraints on the theory of low-mass star formation

4) Polarization and inferred magnetic fields in young protostars

R. Harrison


F. Encalada

Felipe Menanteau

1) Observational Cosmology, Clusters of Galaxies, SZ surveys (ACTPol, Planck)

2) Using Baryons to trace the growth of structure

3) Large Astronomical Surveys, Data Mining and Astronomical Software

Telemachos Mouschovias

1) Cosmic Magnetic Fields

2) Formulation of Theory of Star Formation, specifically accounting for the role of magnetic fields in the process, and comparison with observations

3) Astrophysical analytical and numerical Magnetohydrodynamics

4) Diffuse Matter Astrophysics in general, and Dynamics of Molecular Clouds in particular


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Paul Ricker

1) Interacting binary star systems and related transient phenomena

2) Physics of galaxy clusters, particularly the intracluster medium

3) Numerical simulation methods

Y. Lv

M. Holgado

Stuart Shapiro

1) General relativity, numerical relativity, theoretical astrophysics

2) The physics of compact objects (black holes, white dwarfs and neutron stars)

3) Compact binary mergers and gravitational waves

4) The cosmological formation and growth of supermassive black holes (SMBHS) and dark matter around SMBHS

Graduate students are advised in both Physics and Astronomy TBD
Yue Shen

1) Observational Cosmology

2) Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei

3) Galaxy Formation and Evolution

4) Surveys and Time-Domain Science

J. Li

Matt Turk

1) The chemistry and thermodynamics of primordial and low-metallicity gas
2) The formation of the first stars and galaxies in ab initio calculations
3) Synthetic and simulated observations of astrophysical objects

W.-T. Liao

K.S. Tang

X. Lu

Joaquin Vieira 1) Observations of high-redshift strongly-lensed galaxies.

2) Analysis of cosmic microwave background (CMB) data from the South Pole Telescope.

3) Millimeter-wave instrumentation.

A. Nadolski

S. Jarugula

K. Phadke

Tony Wong

Main Interests: Interstellar medium in galaxies; galactic structure

1) Atomic and molecular gas in the Magellanic Clouds

2) Gas dynamics in spiral galaxies using CO and IFU data

3) Understanding the rate and efficiency of star formation in terms of ISM properties

Y. Cao