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Where you are now:
You happen to have come across the homepage of Nadia L. Zakamska.
Where I am now:
I am an associate professor of astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. Before I came to JHU, I was a research associate at Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC/Stanford University and a five-year member at the Institute for Advanced Study. I got my Ph. D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 2005.
Ai-Lei Sun (Ph.D. 2016 from Princeton), postdoc 2017 - present, quasar ionization and feedback, collaborator since 2013, our papers
Kirsten Hall, graduate student 2014 - present, quasars in CMB data (joint project with T. Marriage) [Winner of the Best Student Speaker award, Penn State neighborhood cosmology meeting, April 2016; winner of the CAS student travel award, spring 2017], our paper
Hsiang-Chih Hwang, graduate student 2016 - present, our paper on radio emission in radio-quiet quasars, currently working on infrared variability of young stellar objects
Zhicheng He, visiting graduate student 2017 - present, morphology of AGN ionization
Ross Dempsey, undergraduate student 2017 - present, our paper on theoretical models of ionization regions in quasars
I am collaborating with CAS postdocs David Nataf, Jorge Barrera-Ballesteros, Kate Rowlands and (previously) Guangtun Zhu and I am a co-director of JHU CARE, the Center for Astrophysics Research Experience program for undergraduates.
Graduate students: (if over two semesters or common papers):
Undergraduate students (if over two semesters or common papers):
* Most of my current interests are in observational extragalactic astronomy, on topics that can be broadly summarized as evolution of massive galaxies and their supermassive black holes.
* Specifically, I study Active Galactic Nuclei at all wavelengths and all redshifts (here you can find a popular article about black holes, Active Galactic Nuclei and their luminous subclass - quasars). Most of our current group activities are focused on determining the prevalence, energetics and physical structure of quasar winds -- an important phenomenon that shaped the properties of massive galaxies.
* I am involved in a range of projects to study extreme starburst galaxies and physics of interstellar medium in them (these galaxies form stars at a rate hundreds of times higher than the Milky Way, and they are uncommon now, but were much more abundant in the past).
* I am interested in multi-wavelength surveys and data mining (e.g., Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and in teasing out very rare objects from large datasets.
* In addition, I maintain active interest in theoretical astrophysics, including (but not limited to):
* Outflows from compact objects -- black holes and neutron stars;
* Dynamics of planetary and stellar systems (here you can find a popular article about extrasolar planets).
* Some of our ongoing research projects are listed here, and more are available for interested graduate and undergraduate students (feel free to contact me; email is best).
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