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ITC Director

Senior ITC Members

Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb

Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science
Former Chair, Department of Astronomy (2011-2020)
Director, Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC)

Avi Loeb is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He was Former  Chair (2011-2020) of the Department of Astronomy; Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative; and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC).

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Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA, 02138
p: (617) 496-6808
Xingang Chen

Xingang Chen

Senior Lecturer Harvard Astronomy

Research interests: Theoretical cosmology, including: early universe models; primordial density perturbations; cosmic microwave background; large...

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Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: P-219
p: 617-495-7452
Daniel Eisenstein

Daniel Eisenstein

Professor of Astronomy
Chair of the Department

Research Interests:  Cosmology and extragalactic astronomy with a mix of theoretical and observational methods; the development of the baryon acoustic oscillation method to measure the cosmic distance scale and study dark energy.... Read more about Daniel Eisenstein

Perkin Lab, P-326
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-20
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7530

Lars Hernquist

Mallinckrodt Professor of Astrophysics

Research Interests: Theoretical studies of dynamical processes in cosmology and galaxy formation/galaxy evolution. Numerical simulations of stellar dynamical and hydrodynamical systems. Investigations of the physics of compact objects, particularly neutron stars and the interplay between thermal and magnetic processes in strongly magnetized neutron stars.... Read more about Lars Hernquist

Perkin Lab, P-235
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden St., MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-4180
Karin Öberg

Karin Öberg

Professor of Astronomy

Research Interests:  Astrochemistry and its impact on planet formation, including the compositions of nascent planets. These topics are addressed using a combination of laboratory ice experiments, spatially and spectrally resolved millimeter observations, and theory.... Read more about Karin Öberg

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617)495-3752
Irwin Shapiro

Irwin Shapiro

Timken University Professor

Research Interests: Radio and radar techniques: applications to astrometry, astrophysics, geophysics, planetary physics, and tests of theories of gravitation; Pre-college and college science education: curriculum development and teacher training.... Read more about Irwin Shapiro

Perkin Lab, P-217
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7300
Christopher Stubbs

Christopher Stubbs

Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy

Research Interests:  Foundations of gravitational physics, searches for dark matter, and observational cosmology.... Read more about Christopher Stubbs

Christopher Stubbs
Samuel C. Moncher Professor of Physics and of Astronomy
17 Oxford Street
Harvard University
Cambridge MA 02138
stubbs@physics.harvard.edu

The group’s lab and office space are located at 106 McKay at the Laboratory for Particle Physics and Cosmology.
p: (617)495-1454

Associate Senior ITC Members

Eric Keto

Eric Keto

Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Project Scientist for the Submillimeter Array
Associate Senior Member Institute for Theory and Computation
60 Garden Street, MS 78
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office M-226 (160 Concord Avenue)
p: 617-495-7074
John M. Kovac

John M. Kovac

Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Research Interests: His cosmology research focuses on observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to reveal signatures of the physics that drove the birth of the universe, the creation of its structure, and its present-day expansion. His research over the past two decades has involved the design, deployment, and operation of multiple generations of radio telescopes at the Amundsen-Scott Station at the South Pole.... Read more about John M. Kovac

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS 42
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-0611
James M. Moran

James M. Moran

Donald H. Menzel Professor of Astrophysics

Research Interests: Radio Astronomy, Supermassive Black HoleMassive Star FormationActive Galactic NucleiExtragalactic Distance Scale, Cosmic Masers.
Instrumentation:  Astronomical Detectors and Telescopes , Very Long Baseline Interferometers... Read more about James M. Moran

Office: M-336
160 Concord Street
Fax: 617-495-7345

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-42
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617)495-7477
Dimitar Sasselov

Dimitar Sasselov

Phillips Professor of Astronomy
Director, Origins of Life Initiative
Senior Advisor in the Sciences for Advanced Study

Research Interests:  Professor Sasselov studies, among other things, extrasolar planets, and he's a co-investigator on NASA's Kepler mission, which is monitoring 100,000 stars in a three-year hunt for exoplanets -- including Jupiter-sized giants. Sasselov watches for exoplanets by looking for transits, the act of a planet passing across the face of its star, dimming its light and changing its chemical signature. This simple, elegant way of searching has led to a bounty of newly discovered planets.... Read more about Dimitar Sasselov

Perkin Lab, P-336
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-16
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7451

Senior Emeritus Members

Visiting Scholars

Postdocs

Evan Bauer

Evan Bauer

CfA Postdoctoral Fellow
Evan Bauer studies stars and how they evolve. He is especially interested in the physics of white dwarf stars, subdwarf stars, binary evolution, and... Read more about Evan Bauer
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office P-TBD
Rachel Cochrane

Rachel Cochrane

John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow
My primary interest is the evolution of galaxies over cosmic time, in particular the fuelling and quenching of star formation at intermediate redshifts (z~1-3... Read more about Rachel Cochrane
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office P-214
Angelo Ricarte

Angelo Ricarte

BHI Postdoctoral Fellow
 
Angelo Ricarte is an ITC Fellow working with Prof. Ramesh Narayan.  His research concerns the formation and evolution of...
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60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office P-221
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Graduate Students

John Lewis

John Lewis

Graduate Student

Research Interests: Observational studies of star formation, giant molecular clouds, starburst galaxies, and galaxy evolution

Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-10
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: P-209
p: (617) 496-3908
Ana-Roxana  Pop

Ana-Roxana Pop

Graduate Student

Research Interests: Cosmology (simulations), galaxy formation & evolution, high-energy astrophysics (shocks, X-ray emission)

Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-10
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: P-308
p: 617-496-0741
Zoe R Todd

Zoe R Todd

Graduated

Research Interests: Origin of Life: exoplanets and planet formation, prebiotic chemistry, astrochemistry

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Staff and Administration

Sabbatical Visitors

 

Eric Peng
ITC Sabbatical Professor
Office P-225
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics,Peking University

Eric Peng Website