FACULTY MEMBER  RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES  CURRENT STUDENTS  ANTICIPATED STUDENTS 20162019 

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  12 
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. 
W. Biscarri 
12 
1) Cosmology, nuclear and particle astrophysics. 2) Astrobiology and nearearth supernova explosions 
TH. Yeh 
1  
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 
1 
Athol Kemball 
1) Astrophysical masers 2) Theory of interferometry 3) Gravitational lensing 
12  
Xin Liu 
1. Binary Black Holes 2. Tidal disruption events 3. Accretion disk physics 4. Galaxyblack hole coevolution 
Y.C. Chen  2 
Leslie Looney  1) Structure and evolution of the youngest lowmass protostars and their outflows
2) Probes of circumstellar disks in T Tauri stars 3) Observational constraints on the theory of lowmass star formation 4) Polarization and inferred magnetic fields in young protostars 
1  
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 
12  
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

none  24 
Paul Ricker 
1) Numerical simulation of cosmological structure formation, with emphasis on galaxy clusters as cosmological probes 2) Structure and evolution of the intracluster medium, particularly effects due to mergers, nonthermal particles, AGN feedback, and magnetic fields 3) Evolution of close binary star systems 4) Type Ia supernovae 
1  
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 TimeDomain Science 
2  
Matt Turk 
1) The chemistry and thermodynamics of primordial and lowmetallicity gas 
12  
Joaquin Vieira  1) Observations of highredshift stronglylensed galaxies.
2) Analysis of cosmic microwave background (CMB) data from the South Pole Telescope. 3) Millimeterwave instrumentation. 
4  
Tony Wong 
Main Interests: Interstellar medium in galaxies; galactic structure 
1 