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Recent Media Highlights on My Work

"A close nuclear black-hole pair in the spiral galaxy NGC 3393" published in Nature

"The Eye of Sauron" in galaxy NGC 4151" featured in NASA, CBS News, Discovery news


Currently I am a CIERA fellow and a research assistant professor at the Northwestern University Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics. In close collaboration with Prof. Vicky Kalogera and Prof. Farhad Yusef-Zadeh, I am applying my X-ray skills to study, for example, the diverse X-ray populations in star forming galaxies and diffuse X-ray/radio filaments near the Galactic Center.


I enjoyed the past four years as a SAO postdoc fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Under the supervision of Dr. Pepi Fabbiano and Dr. Martin Elvis, I study the complex circum-nuclear regions in nearby active galaxies and the hot interstellar medium enrichment with the Chandra X-ray Observatory, to understand the active nucleus-galaxy feedback in the co-evolution of black holes and galaxies.


I was a PhD student in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State University. My thesis advisors are Prof. Eric Feigelson and Dr. Leisa Townsley. My work on the massive star forming regions and how the powerful winds and radiation from the massive stars affect their low-mass siblings, with the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Spitzer Space Telescope. I am also interested in cosmic dust and have some experience in near-infrared instrumentation.


Contact Info.

2131 Tech Drive
Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208-3112

Office: Dearborn Observatory 2nd floor
Phone: (847)491-8646
Email: jfwang AT northwestern. edu