Current and Former TA / ITC Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students

The Division of Theoretical Astrophysics and the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at Harvard University is a center for excellence in theoretical astrophysics that integrates conceptual theory and computational modeling. The ITC was established in 2004 and is regarded by many as the most prominent theory center in astrophysics in the world. Former postdoctoral fellows and graduate students have gone on to premier and competitively sought-after positions in astrophysics after completing their research fellowships at the ITC.


Name Year of Departure Current TItle Current Institution
John Forbes 2019 Flatiron Research Fellow Center for Computational Astrophysics
Benedikt Diemer 2019 Einstein fellow; then Assistant Professor (2020) University of Maryland
Anna Ijjas 2019 Lise Meitner Research Group Leader Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
Manasvi Lingham 2019 Assistant Professor Florida Tech
Anastasia Fialkov 2018 Kavli Fellow IoA (Cambridge, UK) AND  a Royal Society University Research Fellow at Sussex University.
Federico Marinacci 2018 Assistant Professor University of Bologna
Blakesley Burkhart 2018 Assistant Professor Rutgers
Caroline Morley 2018 Assistant Professor Univ Texas at Austin
Ilse Cleeves 2018 Assistant Professor University of Virginia
Xuening Bai 2017 Faculty (Associate Professor) Institute for Advanced Study at Tsinghua University (IASTU) and Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics (THCA).
Danny Milisavlevic 2017 Assistant Professor  Purdue University
Sayan Chakraborti 2016 Management Consultant McKinsey & Company
Cora Dvorkin 2016 Assistant Professor Harvard University, Dept. of Physics
Yanfei Jiang 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow Kavli Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Peking University
Lorenzo Sironi 2016 Assistant Professor Columbia University
Annalisa Pillepich 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidleberg, Germany
Raffaella Margutti 2015 Assistant Professor Northwestern University
Cameron McBride 2015 Senior Research Scientist Truefit Corp.
Michael McCourt 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow UC Santa Barbara
Thomas Greif 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow  
Laura Sales 2015 Assistant Professor UC, Riverside
Konstantin Batygin 2014 Assistant Professor Caltech
Simeon Bird 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Johns Hopkins University, Kreiger School of Arts & Sciences
Shy Genel 2014 Associate Research Scientist The Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics
Dan Milisavljevic 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Smadar Naoz 2014 Assistant Professor UCLA
Olek Sadowski 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow M.I.T.
Molly Swanson 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow  
Mark Vogelsberger 2014 Assistant Professor M.I.T.
Tassos Fragos 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva
Anna Ijjas 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Princeton University
Bence Kocsis 2013 Assistant Professor Eotvos University
Marc Metchnik 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Arizona
Matthew Walker 2013 Assistant Professor Carnegie Mellon University
Charlie Conroy 2012 Associate Professor Harvard University, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Elena D'Onghia 2012 Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin, Madison
Anna Frebel 2012 Assistant Professor M.I.T.
Lijun Gou 2012 Professor National Astronomical Observatories of China
Patrik Jonsson 2012 Industry Space-X
Kaitlin Kratter 2012 Assistant Professor Univ. of Arizona
Stella Offner 2012 Assistant Professor UMass Amherst
Asaf Pe'er 2012 Professor University College Cork, Ireland
Hagai Perets 2012 Assistant Professor Technion, Israel
Darin Raggozine 2012 Assistant Professor Florida Institute of Technology
Yue Shen 2012 Assistant Professor University of Illinois
Debora Sijacki 2012 Assistant Professor University of Cambridge, UK
Svetlin Tassev 2012 Physics Teacher Braintree High School, MA
Matija Cuk 2011 Research Scientist SETI Institute
Eric Hallman 2011 Consultant Ab Initio Software
Mario Juric 2011 Professor University of Washington
Uri Keshet 2011 Senior Lecturer Ben-Gurion University
Akshay Kulkarni 2011 Software Developer Engineer Microsoft, Inc
Jifeng Liu 2011 Principal Astronomer National Astronomical Observatories of China
Jonathan Pritchard 2011 Senior Lecturer Imperial College London, England
Yuval Birnboim 2010 Senior Lecturer The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Chi Kwan Chan 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Arizona
Mark Dijkstra 2010 Associate Professor University of Oslo, Norway
Daniel Fabrycky 2010 Assistant Professor University of Chicago
Alison Farmer 2010   Industry
Dusan Keres 2010 Assistant Professor UC San Diego
Ruth Murray - Clay 2010 Assistant Professor UC Santa Barbara
Desika Narayanan 2010 Assistant Professor Haverford College
Hiroshi Oda 2010   Chiba University
Alicia Soderberg 2010 Associate Professor Harvard University, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Hy Trac 2010 Assistant Professor Carnegie Mellon University
Jaiyul Yoo 2010 Assistant Professor University of Zurich
Daniel Baumann 2009 Assistant Professor University of Cambridge, UK
Sukanya Chakrabarti 2009 Assistant Professor Rochester Institute of Technology
Thomas (T.J.) Cox 2009 Data Scientist Voxer
Gregory Dobler 2009 Assistant Professor New York University
Adam Lidz 2009 Associate Professor University of Pennsylvania
David Weldrake 2009   Australia
Amit Yadav 2009 Member, Astrophysics Princeton, Institute for Advanced Study
Beth Willman 2008 Associate Professor Haverford College
Niayesh Afshordi 2007 Associate Professor University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute
Joseph Barranco 2007 Associate Professor San Francisco State University
Avery Broderick 2007 Assistant Professor University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute
Eric Ford 2007 Professor Penn State University
Tommy Grav 2007 Senior Scientist Planetary Science Institute
Yuexing Li 2007 Assistant Professor Penn State University
Jonathan McKinney 2007 Assistant Professor University of Maryland
Yeshe Fenner 2006 Project Officer Royal Women's Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Res. Inst., Melbourne Australia
Kazunori Kohri 2006 Associate Professor KEK (High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Japan)
Miguel Morales 2006 Associate Professor  University of Washington
Banibrata Mukhopadhyay 2006 Associate Professor  Indian Institute of Science
Joshua Winn 2006 Associate Professor M.I.T.
Volker Bromm 2004 Professor University of Texas, Austin
James Bullock 2004 Professor UC Irvine
Feng Yuan 2003 Professor and Director of
Astrophysics Division
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory
Stuart Wyithe 2002 Professor University of Melbourne
Vassiliki Kalogera 2001 Professor Northwestern University
Dimitrios Psaltis 2000 Professor University of Arizona
Woong-Tae Kim 2000 Professor Seoul National University
Mikhail Medvedev 2000 Professor University of Kansas
Volker Springel 2000 Professor Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies
Ue-Li Pen 1999 Professor Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics
Charles Gammie 1998 Professor University of Illinois
Uros Seljak 1998 Professor UC Berkeley
Eve Ostriker 1996 Professor Princeton University
Shude Mao 1995 Professor Jodrell Bank Observatory, University of Manchester
David Clarke 1993 Professor Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada
B. Scott Gaudi   Professor Ohio State University
Christopher Kochanek   Professor Ohio State University
Ravi Pilla     Columbia University
Eric Woods   Visiting Assistant Professor State University of New York, Albany




NameYear of DepartureCurrent TItleCurrent Institution
Maria Drout2016Hubble Postdoctoral FellowCarnegie Observatories
Gregory Green2016Postdoctoral FellowStanford University / KIPAC
Gongjie Li2016Postdoctoral FellowHarvard University
Dylan Nelson2016Postdoctoral FellowMax Planck Institute for Astronomy, Garching
Vicente Rodrigues-Gomez2016Postdoctoral Fellows Space Telescope Science Institute
Yucong Zhu2016Quantitative AnalystD.E.Shaw Group
Nathan Sanders2014Senior Director of Quantitative AnalysisLegendary Entertainment
Paul Torrey2014Postdoctoral FellowMIT
Rebekah Dawson2013Assistant ProfessorPenn State University
Diego Munoz2013Research Associate Cornell University
Tony Pan2013Princial ScientistsInvention Science Fund
Robert Penna2013Postdoctoral FellowM.I.T.
Gregory Snyder2013Postdoctoral FellowSpace Telescope Science Institute
Nick Stone2013Postdoctoral FellowColumbia University
Eli Visbal2013Postdoctoral FellowColumbia University
Gurtina Besla2012Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Arizona
Laura Blecha2012Postdoctoral FellowUniversity of Maryland
Chris Hayward2012Associate Research ScientistFlatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics
Tongyan Lin2012Postdoctoral FellowBerkeley Center for Theoretical Physics
Eddie Schlafly2012Postdoctoral FellowLawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Meng Su2012Postdoctoral FellowMIT
Sui Ann Mao 2011Postdoctoral FellowUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison
Robert Marcus2011Systems EngineerNorthrup Grumman Corp.
Roman Shcherbakov2011Software EngineerTeradata
Svetlin Tassev2011Physics TeacherBraintree High School, MA
Stephanie Bush2010Research ScientistIndustry
Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere2010Assistant ProfessorNorthwestern University
Cesar Fuentes2010Assistant ProfessorCATA, Universidad de Chile
Joey Munoz2010Postdoctoral FellowUCSB
Ryan O'Leary2010Postdoctoral FellowUC Berkeley
Tracey Slatyer2010Assistant ProfessorM.I.T
Alekandre (Sasha) Tchekhovskoi2010Postdoctoral FellowUC Berkeley
Miguel de Val Borro2009Postdoctoral FellowPrinceton, HATSouth Survey
Matthew McQuinn2009Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Washington
Eliza (Miller-Ricci) Kempton2009Assistant ProfessorGrinnell College
Kaloyan Penev2009Associate Research ScholarPrinceton University
Randall Cooper2008Data ScientistGoldman Sachs
Joel Hartman2008Associate Research ScholarPrinceton University
Philip Hopkins2008Assistant ProfessorCaltech
Rebecca Shafee2008Postdoctoral Fellow in GeneticsHarvard Medical School
Ryan Hickox2007Assistant ProfessorDartmouth College
Oliver Zahn2007Executive DirectorBerkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
Brant Robertson2006Associate ProfessorUniversity of Arizona
Hannah Jang-Condell2004Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Wyoming
Feryal Ozel2002ProfessorUniversity of Arizona
Kristen Menou1999Associate ProfessorColumbia University
Rosalba Perna1999Associate ProfessorUniversity of Colorado
Eliot Quataert1999Professor, DirectorTheoretical Astrophysics Center, UC Berkeley
Ann Esin1998Professor, DirectorHarvey Mudd College
Rohan Mahadevan1997Vice-PresidentPayPal