NExScI Science Staff

Chas Beichman

Research Interests: Chas's research goals include searching for planets and evidence for planets such as debris disks around nearby young stars. Additionally, he is interested in understanding the formation and evolution of distant infrared-bright galaxies and their relationship to the Cosmic Infrared Background.

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Bruce Berriman

Research Interests: Bruce works on two types of science projects: (1) investigation of the application of information technology to astronomical data processing; and (2) discovery of brown dwarfs through archival research, especially through cross-matching large catalogs.

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Sean Carey

Research Interests: Sean thinks a lot about novel ways to use data from space telescopes. He is interested in the characterization of transiting exoplanets, the measurement of microlensing planet masses using parallax measurements and the physics of the dense interstellar medium in our Galaxy.

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Jessie Christiansen

Research Interests: Jessie is primarily involved in the detection and characterisation of transiting exoplanets. She has worked on the Vulcan South, UNSW, NASA EPOXI and most recently NASA Kepler projects, and will begin working on the NASA JWST mission, modelling observations of transiting exoplanets with NIRCam.

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David Ciardi

Research Interests: David has a long standing interest in study of exoplanets, young stellar objects and star formation. He is a member of the CoRoT and Kepler Follow-up observing teams. Working with his collaborators, he is working to understand the evolution and formation of exoplanets around young stars.

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BJ Fulton

BJ specializes in exoplanet detection, characterization, and demographics using the radial velocity and transit techniques. He built software for the Automated Planet Finder telescope which enabled a robotic radial velocity survey to discover planets orbiting some of the nearest stars, and used the Kepler planet sample to study the distribution of typical exoplanet sizes in great detail. He strives to better understand the formation and evolution of our solar system in the context of the millions of exoplanetary systems known to orbit other stars in our galaxy.

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Elise Furlan

Elise's research focuses on young stars, how they and their protoplanetary disks form and evolve in young star-forming regions, and more recently on the host stars of exoplanets, in particular their multiplicity and how it changes the derived planet properties. She is using mainly infrared data from a variety of ground- and space-based observatories.

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Chris Gelino

Research Interests: Chris works on brown dwarfs--objects whose masses are between those of stars and planets. He is interested in the discovery and characterization of these cold objects through the use of ground-based and space-based telescopes. He is a member of the WISE Brown Dwarf team.

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Dawn Gelino

Research Interests: Dawn studies low-mass x-ray binaries (LMXBs) primarily in the IR and optical, from both ground and space, in order to measure the light coming from each of the components in these interacting systems, model the ellipsoidal variations from the secondary stars, and determine system parameters such as the mass of the compact objects in the systems.

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Aurora Kesseli

Aurora studies exoplanet atmospheres primarily using transmission and emission spectroscopy, specializing in observations performed at high-spectral resolution. She aims to use the resulting observations to study the diversity of planetary systems and learn how they form and evolve over time.

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Julian van Eyken

Research Interests: Julian's research is primarily in exoplanet detection and characterization, currently with a particular focus on young planets and what they can tell us about how planets form and evolve. He has a background in instrumentation development and data characterization, and is closely involved with the ARCONS (Array Camera for Optical to Near-IR Spectrophotometry) team at UCSB, who are working on super-conducting MKID detector array technology for time- and energy-resolved photon imaging. He worked extensively on high-resolution spectrograph development with the NRES team at LCOGT, and previously worked on development the novel Dispersed Fixed-Delay Interferometry technique for radial velocity detection.

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