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Postdoctoral Scholars

Postdoctoral scholars and fellows conduct research in collaboration with faculty and graduate students, and participate in the activities and mission of the Astronomy program.

  • Devontae Baxter

    Devontae Baxter

    NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and UC Chancellor's Fellow

    Dr. Devontae Baxter is an observational astrophysicist that studies galaxy formation and evolution, with a particular focus on understanding the interplay between environment and galaxy properties - e.g. star formation rate, morphology, stellar ages.

  • Michael Busch

    Michael Busch

    NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Dr. Michael Busch studies molecular astrophysics, galactic structure and interstellar medium science with an emphasis on radio astronomy, atomic and molecular spectroscopy. He currently uses the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), Very Large Array (VLA), SOFIA and the Parkes Radio Telescopes to observe atoms and molecules in our galaxy and nearby galaxies.
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    Lukas Graf

    N3AS Fellow 

    Dr. Lukas Graf is a N3AS Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley. Dr Graf research concentrates on particle and astroparticle physics beyond the Standard Model.

  • Anto Lonappan

    Anto Lonappan

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Lonappan is a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego with research interests in gravitational lensing of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), cosmic birefringence, CMB data analysis, and the application of machine learning in cosmology and astrophysics. He is an an active member of several scientific collaborations, including POLARBEAR, Simons Array, Simons Observatory, and LiteBIRD.
  • Saavidra Perera

    Saavidra Perera

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Saavidra Perera is an instrumentalist working on the adaptive optics system for the Gemini Planet Imager upgrade, and develops atmospheric profiling techniques for astronomical observing sites. Her observational interests include using Doppler imaging techniques to map magnetically active M dwarfs. 

  • Sean Pike

    Sean Pike

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Dr. Sean Pike studies semiconductor detectors for high-energy astrophysics missions such as the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI), and he uses X-ray observatories like the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) to investigate accreting neutron stars and black holes.

  • Anna Suliga

    Anna Suliga

    N3AS Fellow 

    Dr. Anna Suliga is a N3AS Postdoctoral Fellow at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley. Dr. Suliga's research interests are in particle astrophysics, stellar evolution, dark matter and detectability of low energy neutrino fluxes.