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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.

Research group at JHU:
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], our paper
Hsiang-Chih Hwang, graduate student 2016 - present, radio emission in radio-quiet quasars
Zhicheng He, visiting graduate student 2017 - present, morphology of AGN ionization
Ross Dempsey, undergraduate student 2017 - present, theoretical models of ionization regions in quasars
I am also collaborating with CAS postdocs David Nataf, Jorge Barrera-Ballesteros, Kate Rowlands and (previously) Guangtun Zhu.

Former group members:
*** Postdoctoral:
Dominika Wylezalek (Ph.D. 2014 from ESO / LMU), postdoctoral researcher 2014 - present, Akbari-Mack Fellow (2015-2017), JHU Provost's Fellow (2016-2017), now ESO Fellow in Garching, Germany, our papers
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 (if over two semesters or common papers):
Dr. Rachael Alexandroff, collaborator and graduate student 2012 - 2017, 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], Ph.D. July 2017, JHU; our papers, now National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto
Erini Lambrides, graduate student 2015 - 2017, infrared spectra and photometry of active galaxies, paper in prep.
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 (if over two semesters or common papers):
Summer internship 2017: Channa Luke and Anthony Flores (primary supervisor: Dr. Wylezalek), Wenzer Qin (primary supervisor: Dr. Nataf), Xuanyi Wu (primary supervisor: Dr. Rowlands), papers in prep.
Asa Stahl, undergraduate student 2015 - 2017, ionized gas in MaNGA survey [2017 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award], now graduate student at Rice, paper in prep.
Michael Kelly, undergraduate / M.A. student 2015/16 (co-advised with Dr. Wylezalek), active galaxies in MaNGA survey [Recipient of the 2015/16 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award], now at APL, paper in prep.
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, after graduation consultant in Thailand, now graduate student in Comp. Sci. at Brown
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.