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    Karen Aguilar

    Breakthrough Listen Administrator

    339 Campbell Hall

    510-642-6000

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    Andrea Antoni

    I am a second-year graduate student in astronomy.  I earned a B.S. in Physics (Astrophysics) with Highest Honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz in August 2018 where I was a Regents Scholar and a 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholar.  At UCSC, I worked with Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Morgan MacLeod studying the common envelope phase in the formation of close binaries as well as the general problem of binaries embedded in gases. Before UCSC, I graduated from West Valley College in May 2015 with associates degrees in Mathematics and Physics.    You can find me at desk 461C.

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    Jon Arons

    Professor of the Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Physics

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    Amber Banayat

    Graduate and Undergraduate Affairs

    501E Campbell
    Hours: M-F 9-6pm

    (510) 642-8520

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    Gibor Basri

    Professor of the Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy; Astronomy Climate Advisor

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    Steven Beckwith

    Director, Space Science Laboratory & Professor of Astronomy

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    Leo Blitz

    Professor of the Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy

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    Josh Bloom

    Professor of Astronomy

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    Stuart Bowyer

    Professor Emeritus of Astronomy

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    Bill Boyd

    Computing – System Admin

    501K Campbell Hall

    (510) 642-3163

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    Bryan Brzycki

    I am a first-year graduate student in astronomy. I graduated from Harvard University in May 2018 with an A.B. in Astrophysics and Physics. At Harvard, I worked with Dr. John ZuHone on investigating the effect of magnetic fields on gas dynamics in the cores of galaxy cluster mergers by using magnetohydrodynamic simulations generated with FLASH. Currently, I am working with Dr. Andrew Siemion and Breakthrough Listen to search for ISM-scintillated narrow band signals in radio time-frequency data with convolutional neural nets. I'm at desk 202A!

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    Kaylan Burleigh

    As a PhD student at UC Berkeley in observational cosmology, I develop scalable pipelines to automatically detect galaxies in terabytes of multi-color imaging data. My team has spent the last four years collecting about 100 TBs of images using three professional (2-4 meter mirror) telescopes. The primary codebase I work on has detected and modeled about 1 billion galaxies and stars in this data set. After my PhD, I want to use the image analysis, high performance computing, machine learning, and statistics I've learned to solve real-world problems in society.

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    Kishore Candra Patra

    I am a first year graduate student in astronomy. I graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018. At MIT, I worked with Josh Winn and Nevin Weinberg on the search for orbital decay in exoplanets. 

    I grew up in a little village on the eastern coast of India before moving to the UK, at 16, to study for the International Baccalaureate Diploma. In my free time, I play and/or watch cricket and badminton, take photo-walks, write haikus and short stories. 

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    Eugene Chiang

    Professor of Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science

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    Nick Choksi

    Research interests: planet formation, galaxy formation, star clusters, SMBHs…

    Before beginning graduate school at Berkeley, I completed my undergraduate degrees in physics and astrophysics…at Berkeley. I grew up in Michigan not far from Ann Arbor, but couldn’t stand the cold and so ever since I graduated high school I’ve been hiding out here in California.

    In my free time, I run/race (~10k-half marathons), hike, and rewatch my favorite TV series (e.g., The West Wing, Doctor Who, Star Trek…) or reread my favorite books (e.g., The Name of the Wind, Ender’s Game) over and over. I also enjoy all things hummus: eating hummus, talking incessantly about hummus, and (most recently) making hummus.

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    Joanne Cohn

    Full Researcher

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    Steve Croft

    Associate Project Astronomer

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    Marc Davis

    Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Physics

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    Katherine de Kleer

    I am a PhD candidate in the Astronomy Department at the University of California, Berkeley. My research focuses on characterizing active processes on planets and satellites in the outer solar system through near-infrared and millimeter observations of their atmospheres and surfaces.

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    Imke de Pater

    Professor of Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science

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    Robert De Rosa

    Assistant Project Scientist

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    David DeBoer

    Research Astronomer, Radio Astronomy Lab

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    Matt Dexter

    Research and Development Engineer

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    Josh Dillon

    I'm an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow working on 21 cm cosmology with Aaron Parsons and the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) group.               

    I lead the HERA Analysis team, focused on calibration and data reduction. I'm broadly interested in cosmology and focused on the physics of the Epoch of Reionization the Cosmic Dawn and the analysis of data from massive radio interferometers.

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    Courtney Dressing

    Assistant Professor of Astronomy

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    Gaspard Duchêne

    Associate Researcher

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    Kareem El-Badry

    I’m a fourth-year grad student in astronomy. I work with Eliot Quataert and Dan Weisz on problems in galaxy formation, stellar physics, and Milky Way stellar populations.

    I grew up in Roseburg, Oregon. Besides astronomy, I like food, hiking and cycling, running, chess, and memes. Find me in Campbell 407.

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    Simone Ferraro

    Divisional Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

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    Alex Filippenko

    Professor of Astronomy

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    Jordan Fleming

    I am a graduate student in the UC Berkeley Astronomy Department. I work with Professor Courtney Dressing on exoplanet research. My main interests lie in theoretical astrophysics, particularly planet formation and migration, but I enjoy working at the intersection of theory and observation.

    I graduated in 2017 from Duke University where I studied physics and philosophy.

    I spend most of my free time reading poetry, longboarding, and convincing strangers that Justin Vernon is the most brilliant musician on Earth.

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    Sal Fu

    I am a first-year astronomy graduate student and an NSF fellow. Before coming to Berkeley, I earned my B.S. in Physics at Pomona College, and completed multiple observational research projects in near-field cosmology with Dr. Josh Simon at the Carnegie Observatories. I continue to maintain my research interests in near-field cosmology and adjacent topics, including but not limited to: chemical enrichment, galactic dynamics, resolved stellar populations, and stellar evolution. 

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    Vishal Gajjar

    Vishal is a Templeton post-doctoral research fellow at the Berkeley SETI research center. In 2015, he received his Ph.D. from the National Center for Radio Astrophysics in Pune, India. His Ph.D. was on understanding pulsar emission physics by studying various single pulse phenomena. He spends most of his time at UC Berkeley on doing commensal observations with the two of the biggest telescopes. One of the projects he is working on now is on characterizing terrestrial interferences to eliminate false positives in finding ET. He also works on developing a GPU-accelerated broadband transient emission search pipelines for the Breakthrough Listen. He is part of the team who is designing an experiment to measure giant pulses from the Crab pulsar using a small dish and is also helping FAST telescope to design a real-time FRB detection backend.​​

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    Reinhard Genzel

    Professor of the Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Physics, Astronomy

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    Steven Giacalone

    I’m a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. My research interests mostly involve exoplanets and planetary science. I work with Professor Courtney Dressing building tools to statistically validate TESS planet candidates.

    I attended college at the University of Chicago, where I graduated in 2017 with a BA in Physics and a specialization in Astrophysics. While in college, I had the pleasure of working on a variety of astrophysics-related projects. These projects involved, for instance, studying Transit Timing Variations in the orbits of rocky exoplanets, simulating exoplanet migration and the occurrence of “hot Earths,” and modeling dust transport in protoplanetary disks.

     

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    Sivan Ginzburg

    I am a 51 Pegasi b fellow working in theoretical astrophysics. I received my PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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    Danny Goldstein

    I am a fifth-year graduate student in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley. My research areas are supernovae, cosmology, and gravitational lensing. I hang out at the Computational Cosmology Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and I work with Peter Nugent and Dan Kasen.

    My CV is available from my website

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    Taryn Goomishian

    Research Administrator: CSS

    501R Campbell Hall

    (510) 642-1813

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    Deepthi Gorthi

    I am currently a third year graduate student working with Dr. Aaron Parsons on building an FFT Imager for the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array. I am interested in electronics, building FPGA designs and building instruments useful for astronomy. 

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    James Graham

    Professor of Astronomy; Department Vice Chair

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    Maude Gull

    I am a first-year graduate student in astronomy (Yay!).

    Before Berkeley, I earned my B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics at MIT in 2019. I worked on a variety of projects surrounding the early universe. I worked with Anna Frebel to understand metal-poor stars and neutron capture processes, and with Alan Guth on hybrid inflation and primordial black holes.

    Besides research, I am excited about outreach events, science communication and astrophotography.

    Unrelated to space and astronomy, I grew up in Zürich, Switzerland and love mountains and the outdoors. I also enjoy playing and watching sports and I really like movies!

    You can find me at desk 202E, come say hi 🙂

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    ChangHoon Hahn

    Before coming to Berkeley I lived in NYC where did my PhD at NYU CCPP.

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    Jeremy Hare

    I am a NuSTAR post-doc at Space Sciences Lab working on high-energy observations of Galactic compact objects. I obtained my PhD at The George Washington University where I developed machine learning methods to search for unidentified compact objects hidden in X-ray catalogs.

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    Mark Hayden

    Front Office Coordinator

    501 Campbell Hall

    (510) 642-5275

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    Carl Heiles

    Professor of the Graduate School, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy

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    Jack Hickish

    Staff Researcher

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    Lea Hirsch

    I am a recent graduate from Berkeley as of August 2018. My thesis project focused on comparing planets in binary star systems to those in single star systems, within a volume-limited sample of nearby G- and K-type stars. I used the ShaneAO system on the 3-meter Shane Telescope at Lick Observatory and the DSSI Speckle Camera on the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope at Kitt Peak to obtain high-resolution images of my bright sample stars, searching for high-contrast and close-in binary systems. I also used Keck-HIRES and the Automated Planet Finder to search for planets around the same sample of host stars. My goal was to perform a direct comparison between the planet populations in single versus binary stellar systems. I found that wide stellar companions (separations > 100 AU) do not seem to strongly affect the formation and evolution of giant planets. However, among the closer binaries surveyed with the radial velocity technique in my project, there were no definitive planet detections. This indicates that the closer stellar companions likely have a negative impact on planet formation and survival.

    I spent the spring and summer semesters of 2015 participating in the IPAC Visiting Graduate Student Fellowship program at Caltech. At IPAC, I worked with David Ciardi to apply high-resolution imaging data of Kepler planet host stars toward understanding the impact of stellar multiplicity on the inferred planetary radii of transiting exoplanets.

    Before becoming a graduate student at Berkeley, I was an undergraduate at Cornell University, where I worked with Terry Herter on FORCAST/SOFIA data of W3(OH), an ultra-compact HII region surrounding a newly formed massive star.

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    Howard Isaacson

    Research Scientist

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    Raymond Jeanloz

    Professor of Earth and Planetary Science, Astronomy

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    Rebecca Jensen-Clem

    I'm a Miller Fellow working on exoplanet detection and characterization. Currently, I'm searching for polarized thermal emission from directly imaged exoplanets and brown dwarf companions in order to study the clouds that shroud their atmospheres. I received my PhD in astrophysics from Caltech in 2017 and my BS in physics from MIT in 2012. 

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    Paul Kalas

    Adjunct Professor of Astronomy

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    Daniel Kasen

    Associate Professor of Physics, Astronomy

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    Philipp Kempski

    I am a third-year grad student and currently a graduate fellow at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara. I work with Eliot Quataert on a variety of topics in plasma astrophysics.

    I studied at Oxford University and I graduated in July 2017 as a Master of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.

    I was born in a small town in western Germany. When I was 7 my family moved to Poland, where I lived until the end of high school. Sports are a big part of my life, especially soccer, tennis, running and long-distance cycling.

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    Nicholas Kern

    I am a finishing PhD candidate working at the interface of theory and observations in 21cm cosmology. I develop data analysis pipelines for processing large quantities of radio interferometric data and identifying weak signals in contaminated and noisy datasets. I am a member of the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA), and am leading the analysis of its first power spectrum limit at the Epoch of Reionization.

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    David Khatami

    I am currently a second-year graduate student and NSF fellow in the astronomy department. I am working with Daniel Kasen on developing and testing theoretical models of energetic transients such as supernovae, kilonovae, compact object mergers, and tidal disruption events.

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    Doyeon (Avery) Kim

    Junior Specialist (RAL)

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    Ellie Kitanidis

    physics grad student studying cosmology

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    Richard Klein

    Adjunct Professor of Astronomy

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    Hannah Klion

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    Mariska Kriek

    Associate Professor of Astronomy; Head Undergraduate Advisor; Equity and Diversity Officer

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    Casey Lam

    I am a graduate student in the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley. I am interested in finding isolated stellar mass black holes in the Milky Way with astrometric microlensing. 

    I graduated from MIT in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in math and physics. During my time there, I had the opportunity to do research in the Center for Theoretical Physics with Professor Tracy Slatyer, studying the distribution of pulsars "kicked" out from the galactic disc, and with Professor Alan Guth, studying hybrid inflation and primordial black holes. 

    Aside from research, I also enjoy participating in outreach events with the department. The picture (courtesy of Carina Cheng) is from Discovery Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco. It's a demonstration of how telescope mirrors focus light, which allows astronomers to see faint objects. (The demo is also great for roasting marshmallows!)

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    Frank Latora

    Research Engineer

    451B Campbell Hall

    (510) 847-8315

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    Eve Lee

    I'm a fifth year graduate student in astronomy working with Professor Eugene Chiang on theoretical studies of planet formation. Some of my research topics include the formation of super-Earths and super-puffs and the dynamics of debris disks.

    Before coming to Berkeley, I received Hon. B.Sc. at the University of Toronto, Canada in Astronomy and Physics. I completed my honours thesis with Professor Norm Murray on observational and numerical studies of star formation efficiencies in the Milky Way giant molecular clouds.

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    Pak-Shing Li

    Research Specialist

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    Brian Lorenz

    I am a first-year graduate student in astronomy and NSF fellow. I hold a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Pomona College, and have worked extensively on measuring the redshifts and star formation rates of intermediate mass galaxies with Dan Kelson at Carnegie Observatories. I am broadly interested in the formation and evolution of galaxies from an obserrvational perspective, and I am excited to further pursue research in these topics at Berkeley.  

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    Jessica Lu

    Assistant Professor of Astronomy; Astronomy Climate Advisor

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    Chung-Pei Ma

    Judy Chandler Webb Professor of Astronomy & Physics

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    Xiangcheng Ma

    I was born and raised in Tianjin, China. I went to Tianjin Nankai High School from 2006 to 2009. I got my B.S. in astronomy from University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 2013 and Ph.D. from Caltech in 2018 before coming to Berkeley as a postdoc.

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    David Macmahon

    Research Astronomer