Two postdocs receive fellowships to study exoplanets

January 31, 2017

Hsffellows750 Peter Gao and Katherine de Kleer are new 51 Pegasi b Fellows, named after the first exoplanet discovered around a star like the sun. Photos courtesy of Heising-Simons Foundation.

An incoming postdoc and a departing Ph.D. are among four new 51 Pegasi b Fellows announced this week by the Heising-Simons Foundation.

The fellowship, named after the first planet discovered around a star like our sun, supports postdoctoral researchers in the growing field of planetary astronomy, which focuses on celestial objects within and beyond our solar system.

Peter Gao, who received a Ph.D. in planetary sciences from the California Institute of Technology last year, will collaborate with astronomy professor Imke de Pater on advanced computer models to study haze and cloud processes on other worlds.

Katherine de Kleer will receive her astronomy Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in May and begin a fellowship at Caltech. Continue reading…