Team

I've had a great team of scientists to work with at Lehigh.  Here are the current and past members of my team.

Somayeh Khakpash

Somayeh is a 4th year graduate student at Lehigh.  She is working on microlensing detection of exoplanets with both the upcoming WFIRST space telescope, and the ground-based LSST survey.  She is also a member of the KELT science team.  Somayeh writes for the website Staryab, which is a Farsi-language version of the astrobites website.

Xinyu Yao

Xinyu is a 4th year graduate student at Lehigh.  He is working on combining ground-based transit survey observations like KELT with space-based surveys like TESS to discover long-period transiting exoplanets.  He is also a member of the KELT team and organizes follow-up observations of KELT transit candidates.

Jonathan Labadie-Bartz

Jonathan Labadie-Bartz is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware, working with Veronique Petit, having received his PhD in Physics from Lehigh University in January 2018. His primary research interests involve studying massive stars, particularly those that show variability caused by rapid rotation, disk formation, pulsation, binarity, and/or magnetic fields. He is also involved in the discovery of transiting giant exoplanets with the KELT survey, leading the discovery of KELT-22Ab.

Knicole Colón

Knicole Colón is a research astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Her research interests include the discovery and atmospheric characterization of transiting exoplanets. She actively uses the WIYN 3.5-meter telescope in Arizona and the Hubble, Kepler, and Spitzer Space Telescopes in her research. She is the Deputy Operations Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope and the Deputy Director for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Guest Investigator Program Office.

 

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