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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.

Updated Aug 1, 2014:

Prospective graduate students wishing to start in September 2015 can apply as described here. Here is our flyer, and this is some general information regarding our astrophysics graduate program.

Updated Jan 19, 2014:

"Nadia L. Zakamska wins the 2014 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society"
Pictures from the award ceremony, June 2014
JHU press release,
IAS news,
Princeton news

Updated May 12, 2013:

The materials for the IAS public lecture are posted here.

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, feedback bubbles (joint project with T. Marriage)
Kelly Lampayan, undergraduate student, star formation in quasar host galaxies [Recipient of the 2014 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award]
Peranat Dayananda, undergraduate student, high energy emission of quasar winds
Georges Obied, undergraduate student, modeling of scattered light in quasars
Joseph Cleary, undergraduate student, Milky Way structure using APOGEE data
Peter Schiavone, undergraduate student, Milky Way structure using APOGEE data
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.
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.

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.