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Where you are now:

You happened to have come across the homepage of Nadia L. Zakamska.

Where I am now:

I am an assistant professor of astrophysics at 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.


Research group at JHU:

Dominika Wylezalek (Ph.D. 2014 from ESO / LMU), postdoctoral researcher, Akbari-Mack Fellow (since June 2015), JHU Provost's Fellow (since June 2016), our papers
Rachael Alexandroff, graduate student, demographics of high-redshift quasars and quasar feedback at peak galaxy formation epoch [Winner of the Best Student Speaker award, Penn State neighborhood cosmology meeting, April 2013], our papers
Kirsten Hall, graduate student, quasars in CMB data (joint project with T. Marriage) [Winner of the Best Student Speaker award, Penn State neighborhood cosmology meeting, April 2016], our paper
Erini Lambrides, graduate student, infrared spectra and photometry of active galaxies
Hsiang-Chih Hwang, graduate student 2016 - present, radio emission in radio-quiet quasars
Asa Stahl, undergraduate student 2015 - present, ionized gas in MaNGA survey [2017 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award]

Former group members:
-- Postdoctoral:
Guilin Liu (Ph.D. 2011 from UMass), postdoctoral researcher 2011-2014; postdoc at Virginia Tech (2014-16) and since fall 2016, faculty at the University of Science and Technology of China; our papers (including a series of papers on IFU studies of quasar-driven winds)
-- Graduate:
Joseph Cleary, undergraduate student 2014 - 2016, graduate student Fall 2016, galactic dynamics [2016 Kerr Memorial Prize], co-author of two publications resulting from this research
-- Undergraduate (two semesters or more):
Michael Kelly, undergraduate / M.A. student 2015/16, active galaxies in MaNGA survey [Recipient of the 2015/16 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award], now at APL, our paper is currently in preparation
Kelly Lampayan, undergraduate student 2013-2015, star formation in quasar host galaxies [Recipient of the 2014 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award, 2015 Kerr Memorial Prize], now at APL, our paper
Peranat Dayananda, undergraduate student 2014-2015, high energy emission of quasar winds, now at AWR Lloyd (consulting, Thailand)
Georges Obied, undergraduate / M.A. student 2014-2015, modeling of scattered light in quasars [Recepient of the 2014 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award, 2015 Kerr Memorial Prize], now graduate student at Harvard, our papers
Matthew Hill, undergraduate student 2012-2014 [Recipient of the 2012 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award and the 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award]; M.Sci. from Yale (2016), now staff scientist at Space Telescope Science Institute; our paper

Research interests:

  • 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).
  • My academic tree:
    is presented here, and I didn't have to lift a finger to make that happen, so instead I gratefully acknowledge the work of the PhD-Tree folks, and I greatly enjoyed learning about my tree.
    An alternate tree is shown by Academic Tree.