Research Overview

Areas of research within the Astronomy Department consist of:

Our research takes place around the world. Read more about our facilities.


Student Research Opportunities

Current and prospective graduate students interested in collaborating with faculty should view our list of student research opportunities.

Faculty Research Interests

Name Research Interests
Physics of Inflation in the Early Universe ; Connections Between High-Energy Particle Physics and the Early Universe
Numerical Relativity; High-Performance Computing; Gravitational Wave Astrophysics; STEM Education
Observational Cosmology; Statistical and Machine Learning; Data Science
Cosmology, extragalactic astronomy, machine and deep learning, especially in large scale structure, galaxy formation and evolution, environmental dependence of galaxy properties and photometric redshift estimation.
Theoretical high energy particle physics and cosmology, including the Higgs boson, axions and the strong CP problem, supersymmetry, and nonperturbative phenomena in quantum field theories, among others.
Cosmology, Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics; Nucleosynthesis; Dark Matter; Cosmic-ray, Gamma-ray, and Neutrino Astrophysics; Supernovae; Astrobiology
Observational Cosmology; Particle Astrophysics; Instrumentation
Black Holes; Formation of the Moon; Planet Formation; Star Formation; Cosmic-ray Transport; Interstellar Turbulence
Survey Science; Galaxies; ISM; LMC and SMC
Cosmic Microwave Background; Gravitational Lensing; Dark Matter; Dark Energy; Black Holes
analytical and numerical relativity; machine and deep learning; multimessenger astrophysics
Survey Astronomy and Data Science; Gravitational Lensing; Theory of Interferometry; Astrophysical Masers
Astronomical Survey and Data Science; Origin and Cosmic Evolution of Galaxies and Galactic Nuclei; The Nature of Black Holes and Gravity
Low-Mass Star Formation in the Milky Way; Properties of Circumstellar Disks; Magnetic Fields in Star Formation
Astrochemistry; Laboratory Spectroscopy; ISM; Diffuse Interstellar Bands
Observational Cosmology; Clusters of Galaxies and Sunyaev-Zeldovich Effect; Large Surveys; Data Analysis Pipelines for Surveys; Algorithms for Data Mining; Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Cosmic Magnetic Fields; Formulation of Theory of Star Formation Accounting for Role of Magnetic Fields; Astrophysical Analytical and Numerical Magnetohydrodynamics; Diffuse Matter Astrophysics
,Time Domain,Data Science, Astrostatistics, Supernovae
Computational Astrophysics; Cosmological Structure Formation; Clusters of Galaxies; Binary Stars; Supernovae
Multimessenger Astronomy; Numerical Relativity; Gravitational Waves; Scientific Computing; Data Science
General Relativity; Numerical Relativity; Gravitational Wave Astrophysics; Computational Magnetohydrodynamics and Stellar Dynamics; Cosmology
Dark Matter; Particle Astrophysics; Particle Physics of the Early Universe
Observational Cosmology; Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei; Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Surveys and Time-Domain Science
Formation of the First Stars and Galaxies; Primordial Chemistry; High-performance Computing and Computational Simulations; Analysis and Visualization of Astrophysical Data
Cosmology; Extragalactic Surveys; Galaxy Evolution; Instrumentation; Observation
Molecular Clouds; Star Formation in Nearby Galaxies; Evolution of Disk Galaxies
Gravity, black holes, neutron stars, gravitational waves

Postdoc Research Interests

Name Research Interests
Protoplanetary Formation; Circumstellar Disks Instabilities; High Performance Computation
I am currently an Illinois Survey Science Postdoctoral Fellow at NCSA/UIUC. I work with data from time-domain surveys to study populations of stellar variables and transients in nearby galaxies and develop statistical models for finding peculiar astrophysical events in their alert streams in real time. I am also involved in the development of ANTARES, which is a community alert-broker for the current and next-generation optical time-domain surveys, in particular LSST.