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

Matias Carrasco Kind
1) Cosmology and LSS
2) Machine and Deep Learning across multiple surveys
3) Data-Intensive Science and Data Mining
4) Generative and predictive Models
Brandon Buncher (Physics) 1-2

Brian Fields

1) Cosmology, nuclear and particle astrophysics.

2) Astrobiology and near-earth supernova explosions

A. Ertel

J. Miller


T-H. Yeh


Decker French

Arriving August 2020

1. Galaxy Evolution
2. Transient Astronomy
3. Supermassive Black Holes and Active Galactic Nuclei
4. The Interstellar Medium 
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

A. Gariepy

J. Lin

E. Petersen

B. Prather

P. Mullen

G. Wong

Gil Holder   C. Daley  
Athol Kemball

1) Astrophysical masers

2) Theory of interferometry

3) Gravitational lensing

K. Huang

M. Katolik

S. Thrush

D. Wen

Xin Liu

1) binary black holes

2) black hole seed formation
3) machine learning and survey science

C. Burke

Y.C. Chen

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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Gautham Narayan
  • 1) Cosmology
  • 2) Time-domain Astrophysics
  • 3) Survey Science
  • 4) Multi-messenger Astrophysics
  • 5) Statistics
  • 6) Data Science
  • 7) Machine learning
  • 8) Supernovae
A. Gagliano  
Paul Ricker

1) Interacting binary star systems and related transient phenomena

2) Physics of galaxy clusters, particularly the intracluster medium

3) Numerical simulation methods

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

A. Mangian

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

P. Aleo

W.-T. Liao

X. Lu

K.S. Tang

C. Wagner

Joaquin Vieira

1) Millimeter-wave (mm) and far-infrared (FIR) instrumentation. (SPT, CMB-S4, TIM)

 2) Observations of high-redshift strongly-lensed galaxies with ALMA and JWST.

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

 4) Joint analyses between optical (e.g. DES and LSST) and mm-wave surveys (e.g. SPT)



M. Archipley

J. Fu

S. Jarugula

B. Lucero

K. Phadke

C. Tandoi

Tony Wong

1) Structure and dynamics of the interstellar medium (ISM) in galaxies

2) Mapping Molecular Clouds in the Magellanic Clouds

3) Synergies between radio and optical IFU data

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