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Current Jansky Fellows

by Davis Murphy last modified Oct 12, 2018 by Jessica Utley


Nolan Denman is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto's Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics working with Keith Vanderlinde.  Nolan will bring his expertise in correlator design, GPU processing, high-performance computing, and instrumentation associated with the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment (CHIME) to the Central Development Laboratory.

Lisa Locke, a Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, was previously a postdoctoral research engineer in the Millimetre Instrumentation Group at NRC Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre.  Lisa has extensive experience in phased array feed design, most recently working on the CryoPAF project.  Lisa will bring her considerable experience in receiver design and development to the Central Development Laboratory.

Ryan Loomis, a Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, received his PhD from Harvard University.  Ryan's thesis work with Prof. Karin Oberg used ALMA observations to investigate the physical and chemical processes which govern star formation. These studies are complemented by his work on algorithmic improvements to radio interferometric imaging and information extraction.

Brian Svoboda, a Jansky Fellow in Socorro, completed his PhD at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory.  Brian's thesis work with Yancy Shirley has expanded our understanding of the earliest phases of the star formation process through physical and chemical studies of its large-scale structure.  Brian will continue his extensive use of NRAO facilities to further our understanding of the star formation process as a Jansky Fellow at NRAO Socorro.



Kazunori Akiyama, a Jansky Fellow at the MIT Haystack Observatory, completed his PhD from the University of Tokyo under the supervision of Mareki Honma and was previously a JSPS fellow at the Haystack Observatory. Kazunori has studied the immediate environment of supermassive black holes in our Galactic center Sagittarius A* and Messier 87 with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT). Kazunori is developing new EHT imaging algorithms to create the first images of black holes. 

Kunal Mooley will be a Jansky Fellow with a joint appointment at NRAO in Socorro and Caltech.  During his PhD, Kunal worked on transient surveys with the VLA, and after receiving his degree in May 2015, he went to Oxford as a Hintze Research Fellow to expand his transient program using other telescopes like the AMI and GMRT. Kunal has expertise in the study of Galactic and extragalactic transients, execution of radio surveys, and with rapid multiwavelength follow up observations. With his Jansky Fellowship, Kunal will leverage the VLASS to study hidden explosions, and the JAGWAR program on the VLA to search for the radio afterglows of neutron star mergers.

Nithyanandan Thyagarajan, a Jansky fellow at NRAO in Socorro received his PhD from Columbia University working with Prof. David Helfand on identifying and characterizing one of the largest compilations of radio transients to date from the VLA FIRST survey. His current research focuses on characterizing the various factors that determine the sensitivity of low frequency cosmology experiments such as the detection of redshifted neutral Hydrogen from the Epoch of Reionization (EoR) using the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) and the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA). At NRAO, he will contribute to designing instruments and experiments for a first successful EoR detection and also implementing a novel radio interferometry architecture that has the efficiency and versatility to image and process data from hundreds to thousands of receiving elements while simultaneously addressing the challenges of computational cost and data throughput faced by large arrays of next-generation radio telescopes. This architecture will enable image-based search and monitor of fast radio transients. He will deploy this architecture and the transient monitoring system on the LWA station in Sevilleta (New Mexico). 


Adam Ginsburg, a 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, a 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, a Jansky Fellow at NRAO in Charlottesville, completed 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.