Academic Staff

 

Tim Bedding

Stellar oscillations (asteroseismology), using data from NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions. A recip

Tim Bedding

Professor

Tim Bedding

Professor

Stellar oscillations (asteroseismology), using data from NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions.

A recipient of the University of Sydney's Excellence in Teaching Award.

View Tim’s academic profile HERE

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Galactic archaeology and physical processes in galaxies, both observations and simulations. Key member of the GALAH a

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Professor

Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Professor

Galactic archaeology and physical processes in galaxies, both observations and simulations.

Key member of the GALAH and SAMI/Hector surveys.

Project scientist for the SAIL labs which develop photonic instruments for telescopes and industry.

View Joss’s academic profile HERE

Céline Boehm

Céline Boehm is an astroparticle physicist working at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmo

Céline Boehm

Professor

Céline Boehm

Professor

Céline Boehm is an astroparticle physicist working at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. She is trying to discover what dark matter is made of.

View Celine’s academic profile HERE

Julia Bryant

High redshift radio galaxies, galaxy evolution and astrophotonic developments for astronomical instrumentation, in parti

Julia Bryant

Professor

Julia Bryant

Professor

High redshift radio galaxies, galaxy evolution and astrophotonic developments for astronomical instrumentation, in particular imaging fibre bundles called hexabundles.

Leads the team building the Hector instrument for the Anglo-Australian Telescope.

View Julia’s academic profile  HERE

Manisha Caleb

Using localised Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) as cosmological probes. Measuring the distribution function of dispersion me

Manisha Caleb

Lecturer

Manisha Caleb

Lecturer

Using localised Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) as cosmological probes.

Measuring the distribution function of dispersion measure in the FRB population to help understand how baryons are distributed with respect to galaxy halos, in combination with UV and X-ray absorption-line surveys.

Using integral field spectroscopy to better characterize the local environment of FRBs, including their host dispersion measure contribution and exploring how future FRBs at high redshift can be used as probes for helium reionisation.

Scott Croom

Cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies. The study of quasars and active galactic nuclei and the use of

Scott Croom

Professor

Scott Croom

Professor

Cosmology and the formation and evolution of galaxies.

The study of quasars and active galactic nuclei and the use of spatially resolved spectroscopy to further our understanding of galaxy evolution.

Leads the SAMI Galaxy Survey.

View Scott's academic profile HERE

Anne Green

The structure and ecology of the Milky Way Galaxy and its various constituents, via radio frequency surveys, including s

Anne Green

Emeritus Professor

Anne Green

Emeritus Professor

The structure and ecology of the Milky Way Galaxy and its various constituents, via radio frequency surveys, including searches for supernova remnants and OH masers.

Studies of the Carina Nebula, including its HI and molecular gas.

The UTMOST project to detect and characterise Fast Radio Bursts with the Molonglo Telescope.

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Daniel Huber

Studies the fundamental properties and demographics of exoplanets by combining observations from ground-based telescopes

Daniel Huber

Lecturer

Daniel Huber

Lecturer

Studies the fundamental properties and demographics of exoplanets by combining observations from ground-based telescopes and NASA Missions. He also conducts research on the structure and evolution of stars and stellar populations in our galaxy.

Helen Johnston

Stellar remnants like neutron stars and black holes, particularly those in binary star systems. The supermassive blac

Helen Johnston

Associate Professor

Helen Johnston

Associate Professor

Stellar remnants like neutron stars and black holes, particularly those in binary star systems.

The supermassive black holes at the centres of galaxies.

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Sergio Leon-Saval

Sergio Leon-Saval develops optical and photonic instruments for cubesats, for astronomical telescopes and for co

Sergio Leon-Saval

Associate Professor

Sergio Leon-Saval

Associate Professor

Sergio Leon-Saval develops optical and photonic instruments for cubesats, for astronomical telescopes and for commercial applications. He is Director of the SAIL labs, the experimental arm of SIfA.

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Geraint Lewis

Geraint Lewis explores the influence of dark energy and dark matter on the evolution and ultimate fate of the Un

Geraint Lewis

Professor

Geraint Lewis

Professor

Geraint Lewis explores the influence of dark energy and dark matter on the evolution and ultimate fate of the Universe. He also uses gravitational lensing to probe the structure of dark matter in galaxies.

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Don Melrose

Plasma astrophysics, especially coherent emission processes in astrophysical plasmas. Quantum plasmadynamics. Puls

Don Melrose

Emeritus Professor

Don Melrose

Emeritus Professor

Plasma astrophysics, especially coherent emission processes in astrophysical plasmas.

Quantum plasmadynamics.

Pulsar radio emission mechanism.

The theory of solar flares.

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Tara Murphy

Radio astronomy. Radio transients and variables. Co-lead of the transients project on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (

Tara Murphy

Professor

Tara Murphy

Professor

Radio astronomy.

Radio transients and variables. Co-lead of the transients project on the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP). Interest in gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, pulsars, flare stars, exoplanets.

Leads the Australian effort in radio follow-up of gravitational wave events.

Interdisciplinary work in machine learning and big data.

Teaches computational science and data science with a particular interest in online teaching and teaching innovation.

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John O’Byrne

Astrophotonics. Research using high resolution ground-based optical telescopes and interferometers, specifically Adap

John O’Byrne

Associate Professor

John O’Byrne

Associate Professor

Astrophotonics.

Research using high resolution ground-based optical telescopes and interferometers, specifically Adaptive Optics, Optical Stellar Interferometry (including Sydney University Stellar Interferometer - SUSI), multi-band optical filters for astronomy, multi-wavelength imaging of nearby face-on spiral galaxies and measuring magnetic fields on the Sun.

Physics and Astronomy Education research.

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Elaine Sadler

Galaxy evolution; co-evolution of massive galaxies and their central black holes. Low-luminosity radio galaxies: demo

Elaine Sadler

Professor

Elaine Sadler

Professor

Galaxy evolution; co-evolution of massive galaxies and their central black holes.

Low-luminosity radio galaxies: demographics, triggers and lifetime in the radio-galaxy phase.

Neutral hydrogen in and around early-type galaxies.

Searches for high-redshift galaxies.

Radio source populations at 20-100 GHz.

Supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.

Design and planning for next-generation telescopes.

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Peter Tuthill

Development of novel technologies to image the theatres of stellar birth and death, revealing the cradles of solar syste

Peter Tuthill

Professor

Peter Tuthill

Professor

Development of novel technologies to image the theatres of stellar birth and death, revealing the cradles of solar system formation. Lead of a space telescope project to find exoplanets around stars in our immediate galactic neighbourhood.

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Mike Wheatland

Solar astrophysics. Solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-

Mike Wheatland

Professor

Mike Wheatland

Professor

Solar astrophysics.

Solar flares and solar activity, the statistics of that activity, coronal magnetic fields, solar-terrestrial relations, and Bayesian probability.

Modelling magnetic fields in the Sun's corona using nonlinear force-free fields.

Computational modelling.

View Mike’s academic profile HERE

 

Postdoctoral Research Staff

 

Dr Christopher Betters

The development (design, construction, characterisation, and implementation) of cutting-edge compact optical instruments

Dr Christopher Betters

Dr Christopher Betters

The development (design, construction, characterisation, and implementation) of cutting-edge compact optical instruments that harness the latest photonic technologies, originally for astronomical applications. Using techniques and methods I developed for astronomy to tackle a broader range of problems in academia and industry, specifically in remote earth observation and agriculture.

View Christophers’s academic profile HERE

Dr Courtney Crawford

Asteroseismology with particular interests in the modeling and analysis of post-merger stars, spectral classification, a

Dr Courtney Crawford

Dr Courtney Crawford

Asteroseismology with particular interests in the modeling and analysis of post-merger stars, spectral classification, and spectral analysis, especially of exotic stellar variables.

Dr Laura Driessen

A radio astronomer who works on searching for radio stars, image-plane radio variable and transient sources, and localis

Dr Laura Driessen

Dr Laura Driessen

A radio astronomer who works on searching for radio stars, image-plane radio variable and transient sources, and localising fast radio bursts. She works with the ASKAP and MeerKAT telescopes and is co-Project Scientist of the Variables and Slow Transients with ASKAP (VAST) survey. Laura is also part of the ThunderKAT and MeerTRAP collaborations. She is currently a Superstar of STEM.

Dr Madusha Gunawardhana

The formation and evolution of massive stars, HII regions and star formation in the nearby Universe. The stellar init

Dr Madusha Gunawardhana

Dr Madusha Gunawardhana

The formation and evolution of massive stars, HII regions and star formation in the nearby Universe.

The stellar initial mass function, massive stellar populations and galaxy evolution.

The stellar population synthesis and photoionisation modelling.

Integral field spectroscopy using VLT-MUSE, SAMI and Hector surveys, and spectroscopy using GAMA and 4HS surveys.

Dr Michael Hayden

Galactic Archaeology. Stellar populations and chemodynamic structure of the Milky Way, along with galaxy evolution in

Dr Michael Hayden

Dr Michael Hayden

Galactic Archaeology.

Stellar populations and chemodynamic structure of the Milky Way, along with galaxy evolution in general.

Has worked with the APOGEE, Gaia-ESO, and AMBRE surveys, and currently heavily involved with the GALAH project in ASTRO3D.

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Dr Aditya JNHS

Understanding the role of neutral hydrogen and molecular gases in the development of AGN. Redshift evolution of HI 21

Dr Aditya JNHS

Dr Aditya JNHS

Understanding the role of neutral hydrogen and molecular gases in the development of AGN.

Redshift evolution of HI 21-cm absorbers, over z ~ 0 to 5.

Radio interferometric, single dish and VLBI spectroscopy.

Optical and millimetre synergies in understanding of HI 21-cm absorbers.

Dr Barnaby Norris

Instrumentation (specifically high contrast imaging, astrophotonics, interferometry and polarimetry), planet formation a

Dr Barnaby Norris

Dr Barnaby Norris

Instrumentation (specifically high contrast imaging, astrophotonics, interferometry and polarimetry), planet formation and stellar mass-loss

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Dr May Gade Pedersen

Asteroseismology of massive stars, with special focus on studying their internal element and

Dr May Gade Pedersen

Dr May Gade Pedersen

Asteroseismology of massive stars, with special focus on studying their internal element and angular momentum transport mechanisms.

Variable stars in OB associations and ensemble modelling of their pulsating stars.

Providing observational constraints for stellar structure and evolution models.

Dr Jesse van de Sande

Integral field and near-infrared spectroscopic data of galaxies at low and high redshift. How massive galaxies form,

Dr Jesse van de Sande

Dr Jesse van de Sande

Integral field and near-infrared spectroscopic data of galaxies at low and high redshift.

How massive galaxies form, evolve, and die, with a strong affinity towards using stellar kinematics to understand mass assembly. Stellar kinematic measurements within the SAMI Galaxy Survey.

High-redshift galaxies (z=1-2) using X-Shooter and VIMOS-VLT as part of the LEGA-C survey.

The dynamics of Milky Way analogues with VLT-MUSE

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Dr Eckhart Spalding

Developing and commissioning instrumentation for high-contrast infrared observations, particularly for understanding exo

Dr Eckhart Spalding

Dr Eckhart Spalding

Developing and commissioning instrumentation for high-contrast infrared observations, particularly for understanding exoplanets and their formation environments. These techniques include exoplanet direct imaging with adaptive optics, and infrared interferometry.

Dr Thorsten Tepper García

Galaxy formation and evolution: Constrained numerical simulations, analytic models Quasar absorption lines: Cosmologi

Dr Thorsten Tepper García

Dr Thorsten Tepper García

Galaxy formation and evolution: Constrained numerical simulations, analytic models

Quasar absorption lines: Cosmological simulations, spectroscopy

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Dr Hyein Yoon

Neutral hydrogen (HI) absorption and emission line observations. Environmental effects on gas and star formation in g

Dr Hyein Yoon

Dr Hyein Yoon

Neutral hydrogen (HI) absorption and emission line observations.

Environmental effects on gas and star formation in galaxies from voids to clusters

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Dr Elizabeth Iles

Ties with galactic archaeology and resolving the history of galaxies/galaxy formation and evolution, as well as galaxy i

Dr Elizabeth Iles

Dr Elizabeth Iles

Ties with galactic archaeology and resolving the history of galaxies/galaxy formation and evolution, as well as galaxy interactions/mergers.

 

Astralis and Engineering Staff

 

Adam Taras

Adam completed his B Engineer (Mechatronics with Space Major) / B Science (Physics) studies in 2022 at The University of

Adam Taras

Optomechanical Engineer

Adam Taras

Optomechanical Engineer

Adam completed his B Engineer (Mechatronics with Space Major) / B Science (Physics) studies in 2022 at The University of Sydney. He is currently interested in the design and implementation of a novel fringe tracking instrument at VLTI as well as differentiable optical simulations for image reconstruction.

Dr Zinat Sathi

Zinat was awarded her Ph.D. from the Phonics and Optical Communications Group at UNSW where she was an Australian Leader

Dr Zinat Sathi

Optomechanical Engineer

Dr Zinat Sathi

Optomechanical Engineer

Zinat was awarded her Ph.D. from the Phonics and Optical Communications Group at UNSW where she was an Australian Leadership Awardee (2011-2015). Her research interests are special silica optical fibres and devices (rare-earthed doped optical fibres, fibre lasers and fibre amplifiers), spectral characterisation, photonic experiment design and implementation.

Connor Langford

Connor recently completed his B Engineering Honours (Mechatronics/Space) and B Science (Physics) studies at The Unive

Connor Langford

Spacecraft Engineer

Connor Langford

Spacecraft Engineer

Connor recently completed his B Engineering Honours (Mechatronics/Space) and B Science (Physics) studies at The University of Sydney. His current interests lie in developing fine tip-tilt control electronics and co-designing a novel diffractive pupil for the TOLIMAN Space telescope.

 

PhD and Masters Students

 

Gurashish Bhatia

Current area of study/thesis title: "Innovative Instrumentation for Astronomical Spectroscopy" For more information a

Gurashish Bhatia

Gurashish Bhatia

Current area of study/thesis title: "Innovative Instrumentation for Astronomical Spectroscopy"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor JULIA BRYANT

Filip Chatys

Current area of study/thesis title: "Asteroseismology" For more information about this project, please contact this s

Filip Chatys

Filip Chatys

Current area of study/thesis title: "Asteroseismology"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor TIMOTHY BEDDING 

James Crowley

James Crowley

Louis Desdoigts

Louis Desdoigts

Emily Kerrison

Current area of study/thesis title: "Probing young active galaxies at intermediate redshift" For more information abo

Emily Kerrison

Emily Kerrison

Current area of study/thesis title: "Probing young active galaxies at intermediate redshift"

For more information about this project, please contact this student's supervisor Elaine Sadler and Tara Murphy.

James Leung

Current area of study/thesis title: "Searching for Radio Transients with The Australian Square Kilometre Array (ASKAP)"

James Leung

James Leung

Current area of study/thesis title: "Searching for Radio Transients with The Australian Square Kilometre Array (ASKAP)"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor TARA MURPHY

Lucinda Lilley

Current area of study/thesis title: "Applications of Machine Learning to Stellar Interferometry" For more information

Lucinda Lilley

Lucinda Lilley

Current area of study/thesis title: "Applications of Machine Learning to Stellar Interferometry"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor PETER TUTHILL

Liroy Lourenco

Current area of study/thesis title: "Radio frequency interference mitigation for astronomy with phased array feeds" F

Liroy Lourenco

Liroy Lourenco

Current area of study/thesis title: "Radio frequency interference mitigation for astronomy with phased array feeds"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor TARA MURPHY and MICHAEL WHEATLAND

Yifan Mai

Current area of study/thesis title: "The relationship between the rotation of SAMI galaxies and the motion of their neig

Yifan Mai

Yifan Mai

Current area of study/thesis title: "The relationship between the rotation of SAMI galaxies and the motion of their neighbouring galaxies."

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor SCOTT CROOM.

Markus Mosbech

Markus Mosbech

Joshua Pritchard

Current area of study/thesis title: "A Transient Detection Pipeline for the ASKAP VAST Survey" For more information a

Joshua Pritchard

Joshua Pritchard

Current area of study/thesis title: "A Transient Detection Pipeline for the ASKAP VAST Survey"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor TARA MURPHY

Tomas Rutherford

Tomas Rutherford

David Sweeney

David Sweeney

Sujeeporn (Susie) Tuntipong

Current area of study/thesis title: "Understanding the Milky Way through studying analogues with integral field spectros

Sujeeporn (Susie) Tuntipong

Sujeeporn (Susie) Tuntipong

Current area of study/thesis title: "Understanding the Milky Way through studying analogues with integral field spectroscopy"

For more information about this project, please contact this student's supervisors SCOTT CROOM and JESSE VAN DE SANDE.

Chengyi Wang

Chengyi Wang

Di Wang

Current area of study/thesis title: "Connecting environment, gas and star formation in galaxies" For more information

Di Wang

Di Wang

Current area of study/thesis title: "Connecting environment, gas and star formation in galaxies"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor SCOTT CROOM

Purmortal Zixian Wang

Current area of study/thesis title: "The Chemodynamic History of the Milky Way" For more information about this proje

Purmortal Zixian Wang

Purmortal Zixian Wang

Current area of study/thesis title: "The Chemodynamic History of the Milky Way"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor JONATHAN BLAND-HAWTHORN

Fiona Wei

Current area of study/thesis title: "Photonic Lantern as focal plane wavefront sensor" For more information about thi

Fiona Wei

Fiona Wei

Current area of study/thesis title: "Photonic Lantern as focal plane wavefront sensor"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor SERGIO LEON-SAVAL

Simon Weng

Current area of study/thesis title: "Gas in and around Galaxies at intermediate redshift." For more information about

Simon Weng

Simon Weng

Current area of study/thesis title: "Gas in and around Galaxies at intermediate redshift."

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor ELAINE SADLER

Qingshan Yu

Current area of study/thesis title: "FBGs in Multicore Optical Fibres for Astrophotonics" For more information about

Qingshan Yu

Qingshan Yu

Current area of study/thesis title: "FBGs in Multicore Optical Fibres for Astrophotonics"

For more information about this project, please contact this students supervisor SERGIO LEON-SAVAL

Max Charles

PhD thesis title: Interferometric imaging of exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope

Max Charles

Max Charles

PhD thesis title: Interferometric imaging of exoplanets with the James Webb Space Telescope
Huimin Qu

Thesis title: Reconstructing the dark matter properties of lensing galaxies in the strong gravitational lensing regime.

Huimin Qu

Huimin Qu

Thesis title: Reconstructing the dark matter properties of lensing galaxies in the strong gravitational lensing regime.

Pavadol Yamsiri

Thesis topic: What drives corrugations in disc galaxies?

Pavadol Yamsiri

Pavadol Yamsiri

Thesis topic: What drives corrugations in disc galaxies?

Nada Salama

Thesis title: Gravitational Microlensing of the Galactic Centre Gamma-Ray Excess.

Nada Salama

Nada Salama

Thesis title: Gravitational Microlensing of the Galactic Centre Gamma-Ray Excess.

Kovi Rose

The title of thesis is: A Search for Unusual Radio Transients with ASKAP / VAST.

Kovi Rose

Kovi Rose

The title of thesis is: A Search for Unusual Radio Transients with ASKAP / VAST.

Oliver Oayda

Thesis title: Bayesian Inference in Tests of the Cosmological Principle.

Oliver Oayda

Oliver Oayda

Thesis title: Bayesian Inference in Tests of the Cosmological Principle.

Ashna Gulati

thesis title: Radio Follow-up of Gravitational Wave Events.

Ashna Gulati

Ashna Gulati

thesis title: Radio Follow-up of Gravitational Wave Events.

Lea Schimak

thesis: Asteroseismic Analysis and Modelling of Red-Giant Stars

Lea Schimak

Lea Schimak

thesis: Asteroseismic Analysis and Modelling of Red-Giant Stars

Joshua Lee

Thesis title: Searching for fast transients with the Australian SKA Pathfinder

Joshua Lee

Joshua Lee

Thesis title: Searching for fast transients with the Australian SKA Pathfinder

Smrithi Gireesh Babu

Thesis title: Shedding Light on Dark Matter with Stellar Shells.

Smrithi Gireesh Babu

Smrithi Gireesh Babu

Thesis title: Shedding Light on Dark Matter with Stellar Shells.