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ITC Director

Senior ITC Members

Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb

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

Avi Loeb is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He serves as Chair of the Department of Astronomy, Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative and Director of theInstitute for Theory and Computation (ITC). Read more about Avi Loeb

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

Read more about Xingang Chen
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: P-219
p: 617-495-7452

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

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
Alicia Soderberg

Alicia Soderberg

Associate Professor of Astronomy

Research Interests: Her research focuses on the catastrophic death of stars, “supernovae”.   She combines astronomical data sets from many observatories and satellites in order to probe the eruptive, destructive, and explosive nature of supernovae and their role in the Universe. Read more about Alicia Soderberg

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496.7919
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

Postdocs

Idan Ginsburg

Idan Ginsburg

Visiting Scholar

Idan Ginsburg's current research interests include gravitational microlensing as well as planetary formation and evolution.

60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office B-216
p: 617-384-7266
Gongjie  Li

Gongjie Li

Harvard Junior Fellow with the ITC
Thesis TItle: Long-term Dynamics of High Mass Ratio Multiples

Research Interests: Long-term orbital evolution in large mass ratio multiples

Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS 10
Cambridge, MA 02138

Gongjie's office is P-201
p: (617) 495-7004
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Graduate Students

Peter  Blanchard

Peter Blanchard

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Transients (Gamma-ray bursts), Galaxies (formation and evolution); Gravitational lensing
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-10
Cambridge, MA 02138

Peter's Office is A-103
p: 617-495-4141
How-Huan "Hope" Chen

How-Huan "Hope" Chen

Graduate Student

Research Interests: Interstellar medium and star formation

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS 10
Cambridge, MA 02138

Hope's office is A-205
p: (617) 495-7394
Kunting "Eddie" Chua

Kunting "Eddie" Chua

Graduate Student

Research Interests: Cosmology, galaxy evolution and computational astrophysics

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS 10
Cambridge, MA 02138

Eddie's office is A-202
p: (617) 496-0802
Lehman Garrison

Lehman Garrison

Graduate Student

 Research Interests: Cosmology, galactic dynamics, high-performance computing.

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-10
Cambridge, MA 02138

Lehman's office is A-110
p: (617) 496-3908
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Staff and Administration

Sabbatical Visitors

 

Marijn Franx
ITC Sabbatical Professor
Office P-232
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
University of Arizona

Marijn Franx Website

 

Michael Joyce
ITC Sabbatical Professor
Office P-225
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris VI

Michael Joyce Website

Savvas Koushiappas
ITC Sabbatical Professor
Office P-225
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Brown University

Savvas Koushiappas Website
 

Merav Opher
ITC Sabbatical Professor
Office P-215
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
Boston University

Merav Opher Website

Laura Sales
Visiting Scientist
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
UC Riverside

Laura Sales Website

Anna Zytkow
ITC Sabbatical Professor
Office P-225
60 Garden St., MS 51
Cambridge, MA 02138
University of Cambridge