Research team

It has been my pleasure to work with many talented people over my career. Currently, I look after the CIERA Group with Vicky Kalogera—it really is an awesome team. If you’d like to join us, we are currently looking for postdocs!

Current group

PhDs

Michael Zevin (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Michael is working on unveiling the lives and deaths of stars through gravitational wave and electromagnetic observations. His research has spanned a wide range of topics, from developing Gravity Spy to updating the COSMIC population synthesis code.
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Eve Chase (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Eve is working on uncovering the properties of black holes using gravitational wave data. She is busy inferring the properties of LIGO–Virgo sources (she was one of the leads for GW170608), and she is starting to explore what we can do with future detectors.
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Chase Kimball (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Chase is researching how to use our gravitational wave observations to understand the population of compact binaries. He is especially interested in hierarchical mergers, where the remnant of one merging binary goes on to merge again.
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Matthew Carney (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Matt is working on how we can infer the properties of gravitational wave signals, and has been contributing to the next-generation parameter estimation code Bilby. He is particularly interested in measuring the neutron star equation of state.
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Lindsay DeMarchi (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Lindsay is researching how to use electromagnetic and gravitational wave observations of supernovae to understand how stars explode and compact objects form.
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Monica Gallegos Garcia (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Monica is working on understanding the details of binary stellar evolution, and in particular the role of common envelope evolution in producing the binaries we observe with gravitational waves.
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Monica Rizzo (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Monica has been working on how we can infer the properties of gravitational wave sources—she has contribute to both RIFT and Bilby. She is now looking at what happens when neutron stars merge.
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Kyle Akira Roche (Northwestern, 2018–Present)
Kyle has been looking at how we can build the next generation of binary population synthesis codes by using machine learning techniques to interpolate binary stellar evolution simulations. He is also investigating the properties of high mass X-ray binaries.
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Undergraduates

Carlyn Savino (Northwestern, 2019–Present)
Carlyn is working to improve the Gravity Spy machine learning pipeline.
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Camille Liotine (Northwestern/Princeton, 2019–Present)
Camille was a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates student, and is continuing to complete her senior thesis with us. She is currently working on understanding the X-ray binary phase of binary black hole progenitors.
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Matthew Walsh (Northwestern, 2019–Present)
Matthew is a long-time undergraduate in our group. He is currently working on algorithms to pick where in parameter space to perform new simulations of binary stellar evolution to best constrain the end points of their evolution.
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Sam Imperato (Northwestern, 2019–Present)
Sam is a long-time undergraduate in our group. He is currently working on understanding the evolution of low-mass X-ray binaries.
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Past group

PhDs

Scott Coughlin (Northwestern/Cardiff, 2018–2019)
Scotty led the Gravity Spy project, combining citizen science with machine learning to classify glitches in the LIGO and Virgo detectors. He was also one of the architects of the COSMIC population synthesis code.
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Simon Stevenson (Birmingham, 2013–2017)
Simon studies how to use gravitational wave observations to understand the details of stellar evolution. He led the creation of the COMPAS rapid population synthesis code.
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Undergraduates

Liam Brodie (Northwestern/Rochester Institute of Technology, Summer 2019)
Liam completed a summer project investigating current waveform models for eccentric binaries, reviewing the literature and putting together some numerical comparisons.
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Andrew X Kim (Northwestern/U. of Michigan, Summer 2019)
Andrew completed a summer project testing and benchmarking Bilby. He also contributed to the tutorials accompanying the LIGO–Virgo guide to data analysis.
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Michael Kurkowski (Northwestern/Notre Dame, Summer 2019)
Michael completed an Illinois Space Grant Consortium summer studentship with us. He worked on included prescriptions describing pair-instability supernovae into COSMIC.
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Nikolaus Zen Prusinski (Northwestern/U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,  Summer 2019)
Nik was a summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates student. He worked on putting constraints on gravitational-wave memory.
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Kaliroë Pappas (Northwestern, Spring–Summer 2019)
Kaliroë joined are research group following completing her undergrad, and working on evolving binary systems with mass loss from outer Lagrangian points. She is now a graduate student at MIT.
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Jonathan Clarke (Birmingham, 2016–2017)
Jonny completed his Masters thesis working on modelling hypervelocity stars as probes of the Milky Way potential. with Alberto Sesana and me. He’s now doing his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics.
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Emma Stevenson (Birmingham, 2016–2017)
Emma completed her Masters thesis working on prospects for the detection of gravitational waves from supermassive black hole binaries using pulsar timing arrays. Emma now does exciting things in space traffic.
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Joshua Sweeney (Birmingham, 2016–2017)
Josh completed his Masters thesis working on the effect of black hole dynamics on gravitational radiation from coalescing supermassive black hole binaries with Alberto Sesana and me.

Jessie Venables (Birmingham, 2016–2017)
Jessie completed her Masters thesis working on the effect of black hole dynamics on gravitational radiation from coalescing supermassive black hole binaries with Alberto Sesana and me.
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Zhilu Wang (Birmingham/U. of Science and Technology of China, Summer 2016)
Zhilu completed a summer project looking at how well we can measure the properties of intermediate-mass black holes with LIGO. He’s now doing a PhD in Computer Engineering.
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