Meet the team!

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Daniel Anglés-Alcázar
Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Connecticut (2019-)
Associate Research ScientistFlatiron Institute (2019-)
Flatiron Research Fellow, Flatiron Institute (2017-2019)
CIERA Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University (2014-2017)
Ph.D. in Physics, University of Arizona (2014)
M.S. in Physics, University of Puerto Rico (2009)
B.S. (Licenciatura) in Physics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2007)

Graduate students

Jonathan Mercedes Feliz
Jonathan Mercedes-Feliz
NASA CT Space Grant Graduate Fellow 2021
Jonathan joined the group in Spring 2020 and he is currently investigating the impact of AGN feedback in the form of fast accretion-driven winds on massive star-forming galaxies using high resolution cosmological hydrodynamic simulations implementing resolved multi-phase interstellar medium physics from the FIRE project and a novel implementation of AGN-driven winds.

Matt Gebhardt
Matthew Gebhardt
Matt joined the group in Fall 2020 and he is investigating the impact of baryonic physics, including feedback from stars and massive black holes, on the large scale distribution of matter in the Universe, using cosmological hydrodynamic simulations from the CAMELS project.     
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Niranjan Roy
M.S. in Physics, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (2021)
Niranjan joined the group in Fall 2021 and he is interested in developing tools to create detailed mock galaxy spectra from cosmological hyper-refinement simulations to interpret observations of galaxies across redshifts. 
Xavier Sims
Xavier joined the group in Spring 2022 and he is investigating the impact of large scale environmental effects on galaxy evolution using simulations with a variety of feedback implementations from the CAMELS project. 

Undergraduate students

Joyce Caliendo
Joyce Caliendo
New England Scholar 2021
NASA CT Space Grant Undergraduate Fellow 2018
Joyce joined the group in Spring 2021 and she is currently investigating the effect of changing cosmological parameters and varying the efficiency of stellar and AGN feedback on the global properties of galaxies, using cosmological simulations from the CAMELS project.
Sofya Levitina
Sofya Levitina
UConn IDEA Grant 2022
Sofya joined the group in Spring 2021 during her first year at UConn and she is using the SIMBA large volume cosmological simulation to study the different growth mechanisms of supermassive black holes, considering the accretion of cold gas driven by gravitational torques, the capture of hot pressure-supported gas, and the contribution of black hole mergers.  
Aina Nambena
Aina joined the group in Spring 2022 and she is developing machine learning algorithms trained on the CAMELS simulations to understand the physical mechanisms driving quenching of star formation in massive galaxies.  
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Amanda Zettler
Amanda joined the group in Spring 2022 and she is investigating the impact of different black hole accretion and feedback mechanisms on the black hole-galaxy scaling relations using the SIMBA simulations.  

Virtual group meeting, Summer 2021

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