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Lindsey Byrne

Lindsey Byrne

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8030A
lindseybyrne2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Faucher-Giguere Group
Research Statement: Simulations of galaxy formation investigating the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies

Eve Chase

Eve Chase

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8029
EveChase2021@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Kalogera Group
Research Statement: Using statistics and machine learning to study the properties of merging neutron stars

Alexa Gordon

Alexa Gordon

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn
AlexaGordon2026@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Fong Group
Research Statement: Spectral energy distribution modeling of fast radio burst (FRB) host galaxies to constrain FRB progenitor models

Aprajita Hajela

Aprajita Hajela

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8027
AprajitaHajela2015@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Margutti Group
Research Statement: Multi-wavelength (from radio to X-rays) observations to study binary neutron star (BNS) mergers with electromagnetic counterparts, long gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), and tidally disrupted events (TDEs) to provide a complete picture of the physical processes behind these cosmological stellar deaths

Wynn Jacobson-Galán

Wynn Jacobson-Galán

PhD Student

Office location: 1801 Sherman
wynnjacobson-galan2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Margutti Group
Research Statement: Combining multi-wavelegnth observations (X-ray to radio) of a variety of supernova types to create a complete picture of the final stages of stellar instability and mass-loss before explosion

Fulya Kiroglu

Fulya Kiroglu

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn 5
FulyaKiroglu2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Rasio Group
Research Statement: Dynamical evolution of compact objects in dense star clusters

Joe Michail

Joe Michail

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn 21
joemichail2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Zadeh Group
Research Statement: Characterizing the nature of the quiescent and variable components of the nearest supermassive black hole, Sgr A*

Anya Nugent

Anya Nugent

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman, 8038F
AnyaNugent2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Fong Group
Research Statement: The environments and host galaxies of short gamma-ray bursts; using broad-band observations to learn more about the stellar populations around the bursts and their progenitor systems

Jillian Rastinejad

Jillian Rastinejad

PhD Student

Office location: 1801 Sherman
JillianRastinejad2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Fong Group
Research Statement: Observation of the astronomical explosions created by merging neutron stars, kilonovae, from both the short gamma-ray burst and gravitational wave perspective

Genevieve Schroeder

Genevieve Schroeder

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8036B
genevieveschroeder2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Fong Group
Research Statement: The radio followup of both short and long gamma-ray bursts, in order to determine environment properties of the bursts and search for the presence of magnetars

Newlin Weatherford

Newlin Weatherford

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8032C
NewlinWeatherford2017@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Rasio Group
Research Statement: Star cluster simulations, focusing on compact object dynamics and observational inference of black hole populations

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