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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.
Our department will be searching for a Davis Postdoctoral Fellow: the AAS job ad.
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 1 and our paper 2
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 [Gardner Fellow, Spring - Summer 2018]
Ross Dempsey, undergraduate student, 2017 - present, our paper on theoretical models of ionization regions in quasars; physical conditions in star-forming regions
Vedant Chandra, undergraduate student, 2018 - present, modeling of white dwarf atmospheres
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):
* I am excited to be starting new projects on unusual products of stellar evolution, stellar variability, young stellar objects and planet formation. We are using Gaia and WISE data, as well as pursuing theoretical ideas.
* In this context, I am interested in multi-wavelength surveys and data mining and in teasing out rare objects from large datasets, and in physical modeling of these objects.
* Most (though not all) of my publications in the last 7 years have been in observational extragalactic astronomy, on topics that can be broadly summarized as evolution of massive galaxies and their supermassive black holes.
* Specifically, my group, my collaborators and I have studied 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). We were among the first to discover and characterize galactic winds powered by accretion onto black holes -- an important phenomenon that shaped the cosmic evolution of massive galaxies.
* I maintain active interest in observational and theoretical astrophysics across a wide range of topics.
* 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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