Alumni

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
Erica Nelson 2020 Assistant Professor Univ of Colorado, Boulder
Carl Rodriguez 2020 Assistant Professor Carnegie Mellon
Daniel D'Orazio 2020 Assistant Professor University of Copenhagen
Michelle Ntampaka 2020 Scientist STScI
Antonija Oklopcic 2020 Assistant Professor University of Amsterdam
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).
Marion Dierickx 2017 Postdoc Fellow, J. Kovac Lab CfA
Danny Milisavlevic 2017 Assistant Professor  Purdue University
Sayan Chakraborti 2016 Researcher Renaissance Technologies LLC
Cora Dvorkin 2016 Assistant Professor Harvard University, Dept. of Physics
Yanfei Jiang 2016 Associate Research Scientist, Planet Formation CCA, Flatiron Institute
Lorenzo Sironi 2016 Assistant Professor Columbia University
Annalisa Pillepich 2015 Independent Research Group Leader, G&C Theory Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidleberg, Germany
Raffaella Margutti 2015 Assistant Professor Northwestern University
Cameron McBride 2015 Director of Predictive Analytics Smart vid.io
Michael McCourt 2015 Principal Data Scientist Invoca
Thomas Greif 2015 Senior Software Developer Digital Engineer Hofmann & Stirner
Laura Sales 2015 Assistant Professor UC, Riverside
Konstantin Batygin 2014 Professor Caltech
Simeon Bird 2014 Professor UC Riverside
Shy Genel 2014 Associate Research Scientist The Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics
Smadar Naoz 2014 Associate Professor UCLA
Olek Sadowski 2014 Quantitative Researcher Akuna Capital
Molly Swanson 2014 Science and Math Teacher Waldorf High School
Mark Vogelsberger 2014 Associate Professor M.I.T.
Tassos Fragos 2013 Assistant Professor Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva
Bence Kocsis 2013 Assistant Professor Eotvos University
Marc Metchnik 2013    
Matthew Walker 2013 Associate Professor Carnegie Mellon University
Charlie Conroy 2012 Professor Harvard University
Elena D'Onghia 2012 Associate Professor University of Wisconsin, Madison
Anna Frebel 2012 Associate Professor M.I.T.
Lijun Gou 2012 Professor National Astronomical Observatories of China
Patrik Jonsson 2012 Senior Software Engineer Space-X
Kaitlin Kratter 2012 Associate Professor Univ. of Arizona
Stella Offner 2012 Assistant Professor University of Texas at Austin
Asaf Pe'er 2012 Professor University College Cork, Ireland
Hagai Perets 2012 Associate Professor Technion, Israel
Darin Raggozine 2012 Assistant Professor BYU
Yue Shen 2012 Associate 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

 

 

 

Name Year of Departure Current TItle Current Institution
Josh Speagle 2020 Dunlap Postdoctoral Fellowship Univ Toronto
Jane Huang 2020 Sagan Fellow Univ of Michigan
Zoe Todd 2020 Sagan Fellow Univ of Washington
Peter Blanchard 2019 Ciero Fellow Northwestern
Benjamin Cook 2019 Junior Quantitative Researcher Akuna Capitol (Boston)
Lehman H. Garrison 2019 Flatiron Research Fellow CCA (Flatiron Institute)
Yutong Shan 2019 Postdoc Fellow University of Goettingen
Meng Gu 2019 Russell Postdoc Fellow Princeton
Xiawei Wang 2019 Consultant/Senior Data Scientist Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Kate Alexander 2018 Einstein Fellow Northwestern
How-Huan Chen 2018 CNS Fellow Univ Texas Austin
Jieun Choi 2018 Sr Applied ML Scientist Netflix
Kunting Chua 2018 Research Scientist Institute of High Performing Computing (Singapore)
Philip S. Cowperthwaite 2018 Hubble Fellow Carnegie Observatories
Christopher Faesi 2018 NSF Fellow UMass Amherst
Ryan Loomis 2018 Jansky Fellow NRAO
Anjali Tripathi 2018 Scientist Raytheon
Stephen Portillo 2018 DIRAC Fellow & UW Data Science Fellow Univ of Washington
Xinyi Guo 2017 Research Scientist D.E. Shaw Research
Philip Mocz 2017 Einstein Fellow Princeton
Dawn Graninger 2017 Senior Professinal Staff, Applied Physics Lab The Johns Hopkins University
Kirit Karkare 2017 Postdoc Researcher, Physics Univ of Chicago
Meredith A. MacGregor 2017 Assistant Professor Boulder
Natalie Mashian Fisher 2017 Visiting Professor of Phsyics & Astronomy Pomona College
Sukrit Ranjan 2017 SCOL Fellow MIT
Joshua Suresh 2017 Research Scientist Institute for Disease Modeling
Yuan-Sen Ting 2017 Hubble Fellow IAS
Andrew Vanderburg 2017 Assistant Professor U Wisconsin-Madison
Sarah Wellons 2017 CIERA Fellow Northwestern
Maria Drout 2016 Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow Carnegie Observatories
Douglas Ferrer 2016 Robotics Software Engineer iRobot
Gregory Green 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow Stanford University / KIPAC
Luke Zoltan Kelley 2016 Astrophysics Research Fellow Harvard University
Gongjie Li 2016 Assistant Professor Georgia Tech
Dylan Nelson 2016 Postdoctoral Fellow Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Garching
Vicente Rodrigues-Gomez 2016 Postdoctoral Fellows  Space Telescope Science Institute
Laura Schaefer 2016 Assistant Professor Stanford
Yucong Zhu 2016 Quantitative Analyst D.E.Shaw Group
Nathan Sanders 2014 Senior Director of Quantitative Analysis Legendary Entertainment
Paul Torrey 2014 Postdoctoral Fellow MIT
Rebekah Dawson 2013 Assistant Professor Penn State University
Diego Munoz 2013 Research Associate  Cornell University
Tony Pan 2013 Princial Scientists Invention Science Fund
Robert Penna 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow M.I.T.
Gregory Snyder 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Space Telescope Science Institute
Nick Stone 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Columbia University
Eli Visbal 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow Columbia University
Gurtina Besla 2012 Assistant Professor University of Arizona
Laura Blecha 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Maryland
Chris Hayward 2012 Associate Research Scientist Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics
Tongyan Lin 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow Berkeley Center for Theoretical Physics
Eddie Schlafly 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Meng Su 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow MIT
Sui Ann Mao 2011 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Wisconsin - Madison
Robert Marcus 2011 Systems Engineer Northrup Grumman Corp.
Roman Shcherbakov 2011 Software Engineer Teradata
Svetlin Tassev 2011 Physics Teacher Braintree High School, MA
Stephanie Bush 2010 Research Scientist Industry
Claude-Andre Faucher-Giguere 2010 Assistant Professor Northwestern University
Cesar Fuentes 2010 Assistant Professor CATA, Universidad de Chile
Joey Munoz 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow UCSB
Ryan O'Leary 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley
Tracey Slatyer 2010 Assistant Professor M.I.T
Alekandre (Sasha) Tchekhovskoi 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow UC Berkeley
Miguel de Val Borro 2009 Postdoctoral Fellow Princeton, HATSouth Survey
Matthew McQuinn 2009 Assistant Professor University of Washington
Eliza (Miller-Ricci) Kempton 2009 Assistant Professor Grinnell College
Kaloyan Penev 2009 Associate Research Scholar Princeton University
Randall Cooper 2008 Data Scientist Goldman Sachs
Joel Hartman 2008 Associate Research Scholar Princeton University
Philip Hopkins 2008 Assistant Professor Caltech
Rebecca Shafee 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow in Genetics Harvard Medical School
Ryan Hickox 2007 Assistant Professor Dartmouth College
Oliver Zahn 2007 Executive Director Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics
Brant Robertson 2006 Associate Professor University of Arizona
Hannah Jang-Condell 2004 Assistant Professor University of Wyoming
Feryal Ozel 2002 Professor University of Arizona
Kristen Menou 1999 Associate Professor Columbia University
Rosalba Perna 1999 Associate Professor University of Colorado
Eliot Quataert 1999 Professor, Director Theoretical Astrophysics Center, UC Berkeley
Ann Esin 1998 Professor, Director Harvey Mudd College
Rohan Mahadevan 1997 Vice-President PayPal