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      CURRENT POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATES:




Fabio Antonini (Rochester Institute of Technology PhD '11)

Research:   Galaxy evolution; stellar dynamics of dense stellar systems; computational astrophysics
Office:   Tech F221 
Phone:   (847) 467-6233
E-mail:   fabio.antonini@northwestern.edu



Sourav Chatterjee (Northwestern University PhD '10)

Research:   Dynamics of extra solar planetary systems
Office:   Tech F223
Phone:   (847) 467-4722
E-mail:   sourav.chatterjee@northwestern.edu




Stefan Umbreit (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy PhD '06)

Research:   Star Formation, Brown Dwarfs, Dynamics of Dense Star Clusters.
Office:   Tech F219
Phone:   (847) 497-4706 
E-mail:   s-umbreit@northwestern.edu



Francesca Valsecchi (Northwestern University PhD '12)

Research:   Tidal effects in hot-Jupiter systems
Office:   Tech F219
Phone:   (847) 497-4706
E-mail:   francesca@u.northwestern.edu
URL:   Francesca Valsecchi

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      CURRENT GRADUATE STUDENTS:





Jason Hwang

Research:   Dynamics and Collision Evolution of Closely Packed Planetary Systems
Office:   Tech F220
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   JasonHwang2014@u.northwestern.edu



Meagan Morscher

Research:   Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters
Office:   Tech F220
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   m.morscher@u.northwestern.edu
URL:   Meagan Morscher


Carl Rodriguez

Research:   High performance computer simulations of stellar clusters
Office:   Tech F220
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   CarlRodriguez2015@u.northwestern.edu



Joel Schwartz

Research:   Astmospheres of extra solar planets
Office:   Tech F220
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   JoelSchwartz2011@u.northwestern.edu


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      CURRENT UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:




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      FORMER POSTDOCTORAL ASSOCIATES:




Paul Kiel

Research:   Pulsar evolution, primarily binary pulsar evolution, and stellar dynamics in star clusters with a focus on formation and evolution of millisecond pulsars and X-ray binaries.
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 21
Phone:   847-467-5108
E-mail:   soko@northwestern.edu



Soko Matsumura (McMaster PhD '06)

Research:   Planet Formation and Dynamics, Protoplanetary Disks, Extrasolar Planets.
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 21
Phone:   (847) 467-5108
E-mail:   soko@northwestern.edu



Joshua A. Faber (SUNY Stony Brook BS '97; MIT PhD '01)

MIT Compton Fellow 1997-99
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow 2004-07
Current Position:   Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Email:   jfabermit@mac.com
URL:   J. Faber's homepage
Publications:   NASA ADS



John Fregeau (UIUC BS '99; MIT PhD '04)

MIT Stockbarger Fellow 1999-2001
NASA Chandra Fellow 2007-2010

Research:   Dense Star Cluster Dynamics, N-body Simulations, Gravitational Wave Sources.
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 21
Phone:   (847) 467-5108
E-mail:   fregeau@northwestern.edu
URL:   John Fregeau
Publications:   NASA ADS



Marc Freitag
Université de Genève D.Sc. '00

Current Position:   Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK.
Email:   marc.freitag@gmail.com
URL:   M. Freitag's homepage
Publications:   NASA ADS



Natasha Ivanova
(Oxford D.Phil. '03)

Current Position:   CITA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Canada
E-mail:   nata@cita.utoronto.ca
URL:   Natasha Ivanova
Publications:   NASA ADS



Ed Thommes (Queen's University PhD '00)

Current Position:   Research Associate, University of Guelph
E-mail:   ethommes@uoguelph.ca
URL:   (847) 467-3020
Publications:   NASA ADS



Simon Portegies Zwart
(Utrecht University PhD '96)

Spinoza Fellow 1996-97
Hubble Fellow 1998-2001
Current Position:   Associate Professor of Astronomy and of Computer Science, University of Amsterdam
Email:   spz@science.uva.nl
Publications:   NASA ADS


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      FORMER GRADUATE STUDENTS:





Sanghamitra Goswami

Research:   Formation of Intermediate-Mass Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 5
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   sanghamitragoswami2012@u.northwestern.edu
URL:   Sanghamitra Goswami



Manou Rantsiou

Research:   Mergers of Compact Binaries, Gravitational Wave Sources, Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 5
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   emmanouela@northwestern.edu


Sourav Chatterjee

Senior Thesis:   Numerical Modeling of Dense Star Clusters
URL:   Sourav Chatterjee



Joshua A. Faber (SUNY Stony Brook BS '97; MIT PhD '01)

MIT Compton Fellow 1997-99
NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow 2004-07

PhD Thesis:   Gravity Wave Signals from Relativistic Calculations of Binary Neutron Star Coalescence
Current Position:   Assistant Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Email:   jfabermit@mac.com
URL:   J. Faber's homepage
Publications:   NASA ADS



John M. Fregeau
(UIUC BS '99; MIT PhD '04)

MIT Stockbarger Fellow 1999-2001
NASA Chandra Fellow 2007-2010

PhD Thesis:   Dynamics and Evolution of Dense Stellar Systems
Current Position:   NASA Chandra Fellow, Northwestern University
Email:   fregeau@northwestern.edu
URL:   John Fregeau
Publications:   NASA ADS



Atakan Gürkan (Middle East Technical University BS '96, MS '98; NU PhD '05)

PhD Thesis:   Massive Black Holes in Dense Star Clusters
Current Position:   Marie Curie Fellow, University of Amsterdam
Email:   ato.gurkan@gmail.com
Publications:   NASA ADS



Kriten J. (Kris) Joshi
(Caltech BS '95; MIT PhD '00)

PhD Thesis:   Monte Carlo Simulations of Globular Cluster Dynamics
Current Position:   Senior Director for Strategy and Business Development, Oracle Corp
Email:   kris.joshi@Oracle.com
Publications:   NASA ADS



Genya Takeda

Research:   The Origin of High Eccentricities in Extrasolar Planets
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 5
Phone:   (847) 491-4661
E-mail:   g-takeda@northwestern.edu
URL:   Genya Takeda


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      FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (partial list):



David Ackerman

Research:   Stellar Structure and Evolution of Stars with Transiting Planets
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 24
Phone:   (847) 467-0314
E-mail:   d-ackerman@northwestern.edu

Ryosuke Kita

Research Project:  Dynamics of Planetary Systems in Binary Stars
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 24
Phone:   (847) 467-0314
E-mail:   r-kita@northwestern.edu

Sam Rubinstein

 
Research:   Dynamics of Planetary Systems in Binary Stars
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 24
Phone:   (847) 467-0314
E-mail:   samuel-rubinstein@northwestern.edu

Teresa Wong

Research Project:  Relativistic Clusters of Black Holes
Office:   Dearborn Rm. 24
Phone:   (847) 467-0314
E-mail:   twong@northwestern.edu




Pokman Cheung (MIT S.B. '99)

Senior Thesis:   Stellar Collisions during Close Binary Star Encounters
Current Position:   Graduate Student, Stanford University, Dept of Mathematics
Email:   pokman@stanford.edu



Eric B. Ford
(MIT S.B. '99; Princeton PhD '03)

MIT Barrett Prize in Astrophysics 1999
NSF Graduate Fellow 1999-2002
Miller Fellow, UC Berkeley, 2003-05
NASA Hubble Fellow, Harvard University, 2006-07


Senior Thesis:   Dynamical Instabilities in Extrasolar Planetary Systems (won the Orloff Award for best senior thesis in the MIT Physics Dept in 1999)
Current Position:   Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, University of Florida
Email:   eford@astro.ufl.edu
Publications:   NASA ADS



Paul Grayson (MIT S.B. '01)

Senior Thesis:   Secular Eccentricity Perturbations in Extrasolar Planetary Systems
Current Position:   NSF Graduate Fellow at Caltech
Email:   grayson@caltech.edu
URL:   P. Grayson's homepage



Marketa (Miki) Havlickova
(MIT S.B. '02)

Project:   Dynamical Instabilities in Two-Planet Systems
Current Position:   Graduate Student, MIT Dept of Mathematics
Email:   mikihavl@mit.edu
URL:   M. Havlickova's homepage



Rocky Jones (NU BS '05)

Project:   Scientific Visualization and Numerical Hydrodynamics
Current Position:   Chief Information Officer, Geneva Capital Investments
Email:   rocky.jones@gmail.com



Aaron Lee (NU BS `07)

Senior Thesis:   Resonance Trapping in Protoplanetary Discs (won the Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis in the Physics and Astronomy department in 2006-07)
Current Position:   Graduate Student, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK
Email:   aaron.t.lee@gmail.com



Jeff Lieberman (MIT S.B. '00)

Senior Thesis:   Educational Software in Musical Acoustics
Current Position:   Graduate student in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab
Email:   lieb@alum.mit.edu
URL:   J. Lieberman's homepage



Verene Lystad (NU BS '05)

Senior Thesis:   Stability, Dynamics, and Origins of the υ Andromedae Planetary System (won the Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis in the Physics and Astronomy department in 2004-05)
Current Position:   Engineer,Global Energy Concepts, LLC
Email:   verene@alumni.northwestern.edu



Wesley Andrés (Wes) Watters Farfán (MIT S.B. '99)

NSF Graduate Fellow 2001-2003
Fulbright Fellow 2000-2001
Goldwater Scholar 1998
Senior Thesis:   Thermal and Dynamical Equilibrium in Two-Component Star Clusters
Current Position:   Graduate Student, MIT EAPS Dept
Email:   watters@mit.edu
URL:   W. A. Watters Farfán's homepage



Boris Kozinsky (MIT S.B. '00)

DOE Graduate Fellow in Computational Science 2000-04
Project:   Secular Perturbations in Hierarchical Triple Star Systems
Current Position:   Graduate Student, MIT Physics Dept
Email:   bkoz@mit.edu
URL:   Boris Kozinsky's Home Page



Ryan O'Leary (NU BS '05)

Senior Thesis:   Dynamics of Black Holes in Dense Star Cluster
Current Position:   Graduate Student in Astronomy, Harvard University
Email:   roleary@cfa.harvard.edu
Publications:   NASA ADS



Kenneth Kwok-Chang (Ken) Yu (NU BS '03)

Senior Thesis:   Chaos and the Dynamics of Extrasolar Planetary Systems (won the Award for Outstanding Senior Thesis in the Physics and Astronomy department in 2002-03)
Current Position:   Graduate Student, Caltech-USC MD/PhD Program
Email:   yuk@caltech.edu




Will Shepherd (NU BS `07)

Senior Thesis:   Dynamics of Black Holes in Dense Clusters
Current Position:   Graduate Fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University
Email:   w-shepherd2@northwestern.edu

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