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FFL Current Fellows

Dr. Bryan Terrazas, Ph.D. (Sept. 2019 — Present) — 
Our newest fellow, Dr. Bryan Terrazas, arrives from the University of Michigan. He studies the mechanisms behind the suppression of star formation (i.e. quiescence) in galaxies, working to develop a more comprehensive theoretical understanding of how black hole-driven feedback may influence the galaxy-baryon cycle as well as how it may affect the observed trends and correlations found in galaxy populations.

Dr. Richard Anantua (Jan. 2019 - Present) — 
Dr. Richard Anantua arrived following his postdoctoral appointment at the Theoretical Astrophysics Center at UC Berkeley, where he collaborated with Prof. Eliot Quataert. Prior to this, Richard earned his doctoral (2016) and master’s degrees (2013) in physics from Stanford University under Prof. Roger Blandford; his master’s in education policy and management (2014) from Harvard University; and his bachelor’s (2010) in (physics and philosophy) and (economics and mathematics) from Yale University. His research seeks to model near-horizon emission from supermassive black holes in AGN using the methodology of “observing” simulations of jet (or outflow)/accretion disk/black hole (JAB) systems.

Dr. Laura Mayorga (2017 - Present) — 
Dr. Mayorga received her PhD and MS in Astronomy from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, after receiving her BS in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the use of data from the Cassini spacecraft to determine the reflected light phase curve of Jupiter, and to use the ground truth of the solar system to prepare for direct imaging studies of extrasolar planets.

Dr. Joseph E. Rodriguez, Jr., Ph.D. (2016 - 2019) — 
Dr. Rodriguez earned his doctorate in physics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee after receiving a B.S. in astrophysics and psychology at Rutgers College and an M.S. in applied and engineering physics at George Mason University. His research focuses on the discovery and characterization of exoplanets and protoplanetary disks to better understand how planets form and evolve. He now works with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

Dr. Trevor Rhone, Ph.D. (2015 - 2019) — 
Dr. Rhone earned his doctorate at Columbia University in New York. He began his postdoctoral fellowship in the group of Professor Amir Yacoby and Professor Ronald Walsworth in 2015. His research includes investigating materials' properties using NMR spectroscopy based on nitrogen­vacancy centers in diamond. Trevor recently returned from Japan where he worked at NTT Basic Research Labs and the National Institute of Materials Science. His research comprised NMR spectroscopy of two dimensional electron systems and materials informatics, respectively. He is now Assistant Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.

Dr. Nia Imara, Ph.D. (2014 - 2017) — 
Dr. Imara earned her doctorate in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley and her BA in physics and math from Kenyon College in Ohio. Her research focuses on giant molecular clouds, the birth sites of stars, as well as on the properties and cosmological effects of galactic and intergalactic dust. She is also an organizer for the Banneker & Aztlán Institute at the Center for Astrophysics.