We'll be adding more folks here to expand our topic areas!
Andrew M. Burkhardt
As a Submillimeter Array (SMA) Fellow, Andrew works on the synthesis of observational and theoretical astrochemistry. In particular, as the PI and Co-PI of the ARKHAM and GOTHAM GBT surveys, he studies the rich carbon chemistry in dark clouds, up to and including aromatic species. He is also interested in constraining the production of complex prebiotic molecules in interstellar ices through the observations of ice destruction in astrophysical shocks and comparisons to novel shock chemistry models.
Ilsa R. Cooke
Ilsa is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Physics in Rennes, France. She is interested in understanding the kinetics of molecular processes at the ultracold temperatures of interstellar space, both in ices and in the gas-phase. To do this, she uses a range of different laboratory techniques. Recently, she has been studying gas-phase reactions involving aromatic molecules.
Sommer L. Johansen
Sommer is a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow and PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. She uses quantum chemistry and rotational spectroscopy to study nitrogen-containing radicals and low temperature, gas-phase reactions relevant to cold molecular clouds. Additionally, she is part of a collaborative effort to explore potential time-variability in the Diffuse Interstellar Bands.
Thanja is a Veni laureate at the Leiden Institute of Chemistry, working in close collaboration with Leiden Observatory. She is a computational chemist with an experimental background, interested in understanding processes relevant to surface astrochemistry at the molecular level. Previously she has computed reaction rate constants and currently studies heat dissipation after reaction in interstellar ice analogs.
Nienke van der Marel
Nienke is a Banting research fellow at the University of Victoria. She works on structures of gas and dust in protoplanetary disks, in particular CO isotopologues, using a combination of ALMA observations and physical-chemical modeling, in collaboration with experts on hydrodynamical and dust evolution simulations.
Brett A. McGuire
Brett is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His focus is on laboratory and observational rotational spectroscopy of complex interstellar molecules. He's particularly interested in pre-biotic and aromatic chemistry.
Yao-Lun is a VICO-Chalmers Origins Fellow at University of Virginia. His research focuses on the embedded phase of star formation, especially on the kinematics and chemical signatures. Recently, he has been working on surveys of complex organic molecules in protostars as well as synthetic observations of massive protostars.