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Graduate Student Profiles

What are our current graduate students working on, and what do they most value about their experience at Michigan Astronomy? We've asked some students to share their stories. For a complete list of our graduate students and a description of their research, please see our Graduate Student page in the People section.

Vivienne Baldassare

Supermassive black holes in dwarf galaxies
Advisor: Elena Gallo

Vivienne is studying supermassive black holes at the centers of dwarf galaxies. She uses data from the Magellan telescopes to search for signatures of black holes consuming material at a vigorous rate . 

Traci Johnson

Strong Lensing in galaxy clusters
Advisor: Keren Sharon

Traci models strong gravitational lensing in galaxy clusters, the most massive structures in the universe and natural telescopes to the distant universe.

Juliette Becker

Exoplanet Dynamics
Advisor: Fred Adams

Juliette and colleagues recently discovered a hot Jupiter system with two close-in planetary companions using data from the Kepler space telescope.

Bryan Terrazas

Galaxy Evolution
Advisor: Eric Bell


Bryan is studying the evolution of galaxies with stellar masses similar to that of the Milky Way by comparing and analyzing computational simulations and observations.