I am a gravitational-wave astrophysicist
I am a gravitational-wave astrophysicist, looking to understand how supermassive black holes in the centers of massive galaxies merge, if at all. I do this by predicting their nanohertz gravitational-wave signatures, which will soon be detected by pulsar timing array experiments. With pulsar timing data, I look for both individual supermassive black holes in binary systems, and for the gravitational-wave background which should be generated by their cosmic merger history.
Before joining the Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute, I was a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow at Caltech and at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy. I completed my PhD in 2014 at the University of Birmingham (UK) with Alberto Vecchio.
If you're ineterested to find out more, check out my guest blog post for Scientific American.
Publications here. Bio here.
27 Feb: Giving a talk at NYU at 2pm on the future of gravitational-wave astronomy with pulsar timing arrays.
13 Nov: My new Nature Astronomy paper was published today! Check out the front page of NASA JPL for the press release, and also one by the Simons Foundation. Both are excellent! Nature article here, arXiv preprint here.
25 Sep: Joining the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics in New York (NY).
15 Aug - 15 Sep: Visiting Imperial College London
3-7 July: International Pulsar Timing Array Meeting in Paris, France
11 May: Very honored to receive the MSCA 2017 "Communicating Science" Prize!
28 April: Gravity group lunch seminar, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (USA)
12-13 April: Colloquium at Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (USA)
10 April: I am honoured to be selected as one of the 10 shortlisted promising scientists in the category ‘Communicating Science’ of the MSCA 2017 Prizes.
3-7 January: I am giving an invited talk, and a contributed talk, at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Grapevine, TX (USA)
Prize announcement: I am very honoured to be the November 2016 American Physical Society "Woman Physicist of the Month".
12 November: WashU OWN IT discussion panel member, Washington University in St. Louis,
10 November: Visiting Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
7-9 November: Visiting Columbia University, NY, NY
2-4 November: Visiting the Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Ont), giving Strong Gravity seminar.
24-27 October: Colloquium visit at Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH.
17-21 October: Visiting Northwestern for collaborations with CIERA group members, and giving a colloquium + public talk at the Adler Planetarium
Interview with Megan Amram for Amy Poehler Smart Girls!