People

Primary Investigator

Monica Valluri : Research Professor

Monica Valluri

Research Professor

Monica Valluri  and her students, and postdocs uses numerical calculations and simulations to probe observed galactic phenomena in order to understand the physical processes that drive galaxy evolution. Her current focus areas are supermassive black holes and the interactions between dark matter and luminous matter in galaxies.

Current Research.

Biosketch

Twitter: @Monica_Valluri

mvalluri@umich.edu

Postdoctoral Researchers

Leandro Beraldo e Silva : Postdoctoral Researcher

Leandro Beraldo e Silva

Postdoctoral Researcher

Dr. Leandro Beraldo e Silva obtained his PhD at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2016. He was a postdoc at University of Sao Paulo from 2016-18, and a visiting postdoc at U Michigan  from 2017-2018. He then moved to University of Central Lancashire (2018-2021) before returning to U Michigan. He is an expert of Galactic Dynamics and has studied clusters of galaxies, the dynamics of violent relaxation and the validity of the Vlasov equation, the properties of bars and the formation of the thick disk.

 

lberaldo@umich.edu

Graduate Students

Neil Ash : Graduate Student

Neil Ash

Graduate Student

Neil Ash works on the dynamics of galaxies and including  the properties of dark matter halos in the Illustris TNG simulations.

nfash@umich.edu
Youjia Wu : Graduate Student

Youjia Wu

Graduate Student

Youjia Wu is a PhD Student in the Department of Physics at UMichigan. He works of various aspects of dark matter and is also interesting in using neural networks to infer the properties of stars from their spectra.

youjiawu@umich.edu

Postbaccalaureate Researchers

Vance Wheeler : Research Assistant (Postbaccalaureate)

Vance Wheeler

Research Assistant (Postbaccalaureate)

Vance Wheeler got his BS. in Physics and BS. in Astronomy in December 2020. He uses simulations to study how bars in disk  galaxies evolve. He is especially interested in studying how they buckle (undergo out of plane bending) and form boxy/peanut shapes and how this process is affected by supermassive black holes.

vanwheel@umich.edu
Shashank Dattathri : Research Assistant (Postbaccalaureate)

Shashank Dattathri

Research Assistant (Postbaccalaureate)

Shashank  Dattathri obtained his BSc. and MSc. from the Indian Institute of Science. He is working on the problem of deprojecting the 3D luminosity distributions of bars, with a special focus on boxy/peanut shaped bars.

shdatta@umich.edu

Undergraduates 

Past Members

Postdocs:

Kohei Hattori (now Assistant Professor, National Observatory of Japan, Tokyo)

Sarah R. Loebman (now Assistant Professor, University of California, Merced)

Undergraduates:

Nabeel Rehemtulla (now graduate student at CIERA, Northwestern University)

Tanvi Deshmukh (now graduate student at University of Chicago)

Sarah Snyder (now graduate student at U. Toronto)

Brendan Reed  (now graduate student at University of Indiana, Bloomington)

Caleb G.  Abbott (now graduate student at Georgia State University)

Jonathan S. Brown (postdoc at  University of California, Santa Cruz)

Alex Deibel (Faculty (Visiting Assistant Professor), University of Indiana)