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Current Jansky Fellows

by Davis Murphy last modified Apr 11, 2016 by Jessica Utley


Adam Ginsburg, an incoming Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Socorro, received his PhD from the University of Colorado, working with John Bally on the Bolocam Galactic Plane Survey.  His research is focused on millimeter and radio observations of high-mass stars forming within high-mass clusters and on using molecular lines as probes of physical conditions in dense gas.  He has experience using Arecibo, the GBT, the JVLA, and ALMA. 

Laura Fissel, an incoming Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, completed her PhD at the University of Toronto and was previously a CIERA Fellow at Northwestern University.  Laura studies the magnetic field of our galaxy, in particular, the role that magnetic fields play in the process of star formation.  She also works on development of balloon-borne telescopes, which operate above most of the Earth’s atmosphere and can be used to make incredibly detailed maps of magnetic fields in our galaxy.

Jackie Villadsen, an incoming Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, will complete her PhD at Caltech in 2016.  She uses radio spectroscopy of stellar flares to search for extrasolar space weather events such as coronal mass ejections and stellar aurorae.  She uses the VLA and VLBA and has worked on a team developing the Starburst Project, a stellar radio burst spectroscopy facility at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory.



Tanmoy Laskar, a Jansky fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, received his PhD from Harvard University, working with Professor Edo Berger on the diversity and versatility of γ-ray bursts. He is an expert at multi-wavelength observations and modeling, as well as radio instrumentation, and studies time-domain astrophysics with a focus on energetic transients.

Dustin Madison, a Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, completed his PhD at Cornell University with Professor Jim Cordes. Dustin works with pulsar timing observations to detect and characterize gravitational waves from sources such as binary supermassive black holes. His work has been primarily as a member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav), a group utilizing the high-precision pulsar timing capabilities of the 300-m Arecibo Observatory and the 100-m NRAO Green Bank Telescope.


Sarah Burke Spolaor, a Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Socorro, received her PhD at Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) in 2010. Her expertise is in binary black hole searches, pulsar timing, and fast radio bursts. She has extensive experience having used both the Parkes radio telescope and the EVLA.

Chat Hull, a Jansky Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, received his PhD at UC Berkeley working on mapping the morphology of magnetic fields using the 1 mm polarization system at CARMA.  Chat works on polarization projects with ALMA and the SMA.

Brett McGuire, a Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, carried out his first year as a Jansky Fellow at Caltech, where he also earned his PhD in the department of Physical Chemistry. Brett has experience in laboratory astrophysics and also observational astronomy having observed with the CSO, CARMA and the GBT. He collaborates with the University of Virginia in both the chemistry and astronomy departments, and the molecular spectroscopy group at the Harvard CfA.



Betsy Mills, a Jansky Fellow at the University of Arizona, completed her PhD work with Mark Morris at UCLA on studies of the Galactic Centre.  She has performed ground-braking work on warm, dense gas in molecular clouds in the inner few pc of the Galaxy. As a Jansky fellow, Betsy works to build a complete picture of the physical conditions in the Galactic center gas from the largest to the smallest scales.