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Where you are now:

You happened to have come across the homepage of Nadia L. Zakamska.

Where I am now:

I am an assistant professor of astrophysics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University. Before I came to JHU, I was a research associate at Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at SLAC/Stanford University and a five-year member at the Institute for Advanced Study. I got my Ph. D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 2005.

Research group at JHU:

Dominika Wylezalek (Ph.D. 2014 from ESO / LMU), postdoctoral researcher
Rachael Alexandroff, graduate student, demographics of high-redshift quasars and quasar feedback at peak galaxy formation epoch [Winner of the Best Student Speaker award, Penn State neighborhood cosmology meeting, April 2013]
Kirsten Hall, graduate student, quasars in CMB data (joint project with T. Marriage)
Erini Lambrides, graduate student, infrared spectra and photometry of active galaxies
Joseph Cleary, undergraduate student, modeling orbits in axisymmetric and non-axisymmetric potentials
Michael Kelly, undergraduate student, active galaxies in MaNGA survey
Asa Stahl, undergraduate student, ionized gas in MaNGA survey
Some of our ongoing research projects are listed here, and more are available for interested graduate and undergraduate students (feel free to contact me; email is best).

Former group members:

Guilin Liu (Ph.D. 2011 from UMass), postdoctoral researcher 2011-2014, now postdoc at Virginia Tech, a series of papers on IFU studies of quasar-driven winds
Matthew Hill, undergraduate student 2012-2014 [Recipient of the 2012 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award and the 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award], now graduate student at Yale, our paper
Kelly Lampayan, undergraduate student 2013-2015, star formation in quasar host galaxies [Recipient of the 2014 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award, 2015 Kerr Memorial Prize], now at APL, one paper submitted
Peranat Dayananda, undergraduate student 2014-2015, high energy emission of quasar winds, now at AWR Lloyd (consulting, Thailand)
Georges Obied, undergraduate student 2014-2015, modeling of scattered light in quasars [Recepient of the 2014 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award, 2015 Kerr Memorial Prize], now graduate student at Harvard, one paper submitted
Peter Schiavone, undergraduate student 2014, Milky Way structure using APOGEE data
Bridget Ratcliffe, undergraduate student 2014, Milky Way structure using APOGEE data

Research interests:

  • Most of my current interests are in observational extragalactic astronomy, on topics that can be broadly summarized as evolution of massive galaxies and their supermassive black holes.
  • Specifically, I study Active Galactic Nuclei at all wavelengths and all redshifts (here you can find a popular article about black holes, Active Galactic Nuclei and their luminous subclass - quasars). Most of our current group activities are focused on determining the prevalence, energetics and physical structure of quasar winds -- an important phenomenon that shaped the properties of massive galaxies.
  • I am involved in a range of projects to study extreme starburst galaxies and physics of interstellar medium in them (these galaxies form stars at a rate hundreds of times higher than the Milky Way, and they are uncommon now, but were much more abundant in the past).
  • I am interested in multi-wavelength surveys and data mining (e.g., Sloan Digital Sky Survey) and in teasing out very rare objects from large datasets.
  • In addition, I maintain active interest in theoretical astrophysics, including (but not limited to):
  • Outflows from compact objects -- black holes and neutron stars;
  • Dynamics of planetary and stellar systems (here you can find a popular article about extrasolar planets).
    Some past research topics are described here in more detail.
  • My academic tree:
    is presented here, and I didn't have to lift a finger to make that happen, so instead I gratefully acknowledge the work of the PhD-Tree folks, and I greatly enjoyed learning about my tree.