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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.


Breaking news (Fall 2018):

Our department will be searching for a Davis Postdoctoral Fellow: the AAS job ad.
Furthermore, there will be at least one postdoctoral position in my group in Fall 2019: applications accepted here.
Prospective postdocs interested in working with me should apply for both positions.


Research group at JHU:

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.

Former group members:

Postdoctoral:
Ai-Lei Sun (Ph.D. 2016 from Princeton), postdoc 2017 - 2018, quasar ionization and feedback, collaborator since 2013, our papers
Dominika Wylezalek (Ph.D. 2014 from ESO / LMU), postdoctoral researcher 2014 - 2017, 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 students: (if over two semesters or common papers):
Zhicheng He, visiting graduate student, 2017 - present, our paper on morphology of AGN ionization
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, our paper
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 students (if over two semesters or common papers):
Summer internships 2017, 2018: Channa Luke and Anthony Flores (primary supervisor: Dr. Wylezalek), Wenzer Qin (primary supervisor: Dr. Nataf), Xuanyi Wu (primary supervisor: Dr. Rowlands), Katherine Xiang (primary supervisor: Dr. Nataf); two papers submitted, more in prep.
Sandy Yuan, undergraduate student, spring 2016, now grad student at Harvard, co-supervised with Michael Strauss, our paper
Asa Stahl, undergraduate student 2015 - 2017, ionized gas in MaNGA survey [2017 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award], now graduate student at Rice
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, co-author of two publications based on his research
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 and current collaborator [Recipient of the 2012 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award and the 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award]; M.Sci. from Yale (2016), now in public health management; our paper

Research interests:

* 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).

My academic tree:

is presented here, and I didn't have to lift a finger to make that happen, so I gratefully acknowledge the work of the AcademicTree folks, and I greatly enjoyed learning about my tree.