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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 Jan 19, 2014:
``Nadia L. Zakamska wins the 2014 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize of the American Astronomical Society"
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:

Dr. Guilin Liu (Ph.D. 2011 from UMass), postdoctoral researcher
Mr. Matthew Hill, undergraduate student [Recipient of the 2012 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award and the 2012 Provost's Undergraduate Research Award]
Ms. Kelly Lampayan, undergraduate student [Recipient of the 2014 Dean's Undergraduate Research Award]
I am also collaborating with Ms. Rachael Alexandroff (graduate student)
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).

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.