Samaporn (Kaew) Tinyanont, Caltech Astronomy grad student

Research Interests: instrumentation, brown dwarf characterization, infrared spectroscopy and spectro-polarimetry, core-collapse supernovae in the mid-infrared


Jorge Llop Sayson, Caltech Physics grad student 

Research Interests: instrumentation, integral field spectroscopy, spectroscopy and coronagraphy on segmented telescopes.


Jackie Pezzato, Caltech Astronomy grad student 

Research Interests: exoplanet spectroscopy, RM effect, Doppler imaging, instrumentation.


Daniel Echeverri, Caltech Physics grad student

Research Interests: optical physics and instrumentation, wavefront control.


Nicole Wallack, Caltech GPS grad student 

Research Interests: exoplanet spectroscopic characterization, transitional and debris disk imaging and modeling.


Jacques-Robert Delorme, Caltech postdoc

Research interests: instrumentation for direct imaging and characterization of exoplanets, coronagraph technologies and wavefront control, fiber injection unit, self-coherent camera. 

Max Millar-Blanchaer, Robert A. Millikan Fellow in Exp. Astrophysics at Caltech

Research Interest: Detection and characterization of exoplanets and debris disks using the Gemini Planet Imager (and other high-contrast imagers). Development of instrumentation and observational techniques for future exoplanet and disk studies. Pushing the use of polarimetry as a tool to characterize extra solar planetary systems.

Marie Ygouf, Caltech postdoc at IPCA/NExScI

Research interests:  high-contrast imaging in the view of directly detecting and characterizing exoplanets. Development of innovative image post-processing methods is essential in order to eliminate the quasi-static speckles in the final image, which remain the main limitation for high-contrast. 

Jean-Baptiste Ruffio, David and Ellen Lee Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy

Research Interest: Detection and characterization of exoplanets using direct high-contrast imaging and medium-to-high resolution spectroscopy. Expert in Doppler characterization of exoplanets (e.g. planetary radial velocities and spin).

Jason Wang, 51 Peg b postdoctoral fellow

Research interests: imaging of faint exoplanets, to trace out their orbits and measure the properites of their atmospheres.

Kevin Fogarty, Troesh Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy

Research interests: explanet imaging, coronagraph technologies, circum-nuclei environment/host galaxies of AGNs.

Tiffany Meshkat, IPAC staff scientist (former JPL/Caltech ESI postdoc)

Research interests: understanding exoplanet formation through direct imaging. Optimizing observations and image processing algorithms to directly detect extra-solar planets. 

Bin Ren, Caltech Postdoc

Research Interest: Detection and modeling of circumstellar disks using direct imaging with ground and space-based telescopes.


Elodie Choquet, Assistant Astronomer at LAM

Research interests: star and planet formation processes, as well as instrumentation for high contrast and high angular resolution astrophysics.

Garreth Ruane, JPL optical engineer

Research interests: optics and instrumentation for astronomical imaging, including coronagraph design and wavefront control.

Ji Wang, Assistant Professor at Ohio State University

Research interests: Exoplanet detection and characterization using the radial velocity technique and the transit method, high resolution imaging, spectroscopy, and interferometry, planets in multiple stellar systems and planets at wide orbits.

Rebecca Jensen-Clem, Assistant Professor at UCSC (Caltech Astronomy 2017)

Research interests: innovations in the deteciton of low-mass companions, using Doppler spectroscopy, imaging (e.g. Robo-AO), and imaging polarimetry (e.g. Gemini Planet Imager).

Mike Bottom, Assistant Professor at UH (Caltech Astronomy 2016)

Research interests: Instrumentation for exoplanet discovery, particularly high contrast imaging, adaptive optics systems, high-resolution spectroscopy, robotic telescopes. Optical physics, image analysis, novel data analysis techniques inspired by computer vision and machine learning.

Henry Ngo, Senior Analyst at the BC Ministry of Health and Public Health Officer (Caltech GPS 2017)

Research interests: search for stellar companions to hosts of hot Jupiters, using the adaptive optics system at the Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea. Influence of stellar companions on giant planet formation and evolution.

Ricky Nilsson - Data Scientist - Terray Therapeutics

Research interests: characterization of planetary systems, involving investigations of exo-Kuiper belts and extrasolar planets (exoplanets), using observational studies of thermal emission and scattering/polarization properties of dust grains, as well as direct imaging and recovery of spectra of young Jupiter-mass planets.

Rahul Patel, Center for Naval Analyses (CNA)

Research interests: debris disks and planetary systems using infrared space telescopes (e.g. WISE), as well as ground and space-based coronagraphs.

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