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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

Lindsay DeMarchi

Lindsay DeMarchi

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8038B
lindsaydemarchi2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Margutti Group
Research Statement: Multimessenger observations of compact-object formation in core collapse supernovae

Yuxin Dong

Yuxin Dong

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn B-10

Elena Gonzalez Prieto

Elena Gonzalez Prieto

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn B-10

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

Danat Issa

Danat Issa

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8038D
danatissa2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Tchekovskoy Group
Research Statement: Simulations of neutron star mergers and their electromagnetic counterparts

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

Nick Kaaz

Nick Kaaz

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn 21
nkaaz@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Tchekovskoy Group
Research Statement: I study the assembly and evolution of accretion disks and their outflows in a wide variety of black hole feeding scenarios

Charles Kimball

Charles Kimball

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-5108
Office location: Dearborn 21
charleskimball2012@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Kalogera Group
Research Statement: Characterizing the binary black hole populations inferred from LIGO's gravitational-wave measurements, with particular focus on black holes that cannot have formed directly from collapsed stars but may have been assembled from previous black hole mergers

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

Aretaios Lalakos

Aretaios Lalakos

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8033
aretaioslalakos2022@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Tchekovskoy Group
Research Statement: The role of magnetic field configuration on black hole accretion and radiation signatures from the interaction of outflows with the ambient medium

Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8036C
dennislee2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Novak Group
Research Statement: Development and use of millimeter/submillimeter-wave astronomical instrumentation for the study of star formation

Camille Liotine

Camille Liotine

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn
cliotine@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Kalogera Group
Research Statement: The evolution of binary star systems, in particular the populations of stellar binaries that result in double compact object mergers that are detectable with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)

Chang Liu

Chang Liu

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn B-10

Miguel Martinez

Miguel Martinez

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn
miguel.martinez@northwestern.edu
Group: Rasio Group
Research Statement: Dynamics across a wide range of astrophysical regimes, from exoplanets and exomoons to massive star clusters

David Matthews

David Matthews

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn 21
david.matthews@northwestern.edu
Group: Margutti Group
Research Statement: Radio and X-ray observations of rare supernovae to constrain the properties of their power source and environment

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

Jeremy Rath

Jeremy Rath

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8025
JeremyRath2020@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Lithwick Group
Research Statement: Theoretical characterization of chaos in multi-planet systems and inclined planet-disk interactions using both analytic theory and simulations

Monica Rizzo

Monica Rizzo

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8036D
monicarizzo2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Larson Group
Research Statement: Developing data analysis and visualization tools for gravitational waves from LISA sources

Kyle Akira Rocha

Kyle Akira Rocha

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8038E
karocha@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Kalogera Group
Research Statement: Machine learning and the evolution of binary stars and compact objects

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

Shi Ye

Shi Ye

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8027
ShiYe2015@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Rasio Group
Research Statement: Globular cluster simulations using Cluster Monte Carlo (CMC) code, including the formation and evolution of millisecond pulsars in globular clusters and neutron star dynamics

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