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Price Prize Alumni


Dhayaa Anbajagane (UChicago)

Dhayaa Anbajagane

Dhayaa's research program focuses on extracting weak lensing data from photometric surveys (like DES, DELVE etc.) and then on using these data to probe the physics of the early Universe, such as that of inflation. He develops simulation-based tools for modeling the lensing signal and thereby constraining such physics. His work shows that with the recent advances in simulation modeling and photometric data quality, the next decade of weak lensing will have a unique role to play in our pursuit of the high-energy frontier in cosmology.

Exploring the frontiers of the primordial universe using weak lensing surveys

Jason Hinkle (UHawaii)

Jason Hinkle

Jason’s research aims to understand the breadth of accretion behaviors occurring on supermassive black holes. He uses a wide array of space and ground-based telescopes across the electromagnetic spectrum to investigate nuclear transients discovered by optical transient surveys. In addition to his work on tidal disruption events and active galactic nuclei, he has helped establish the growing class of ambiguous nuclear transients, which seem to defy typical observational types.

Messy Eaters: The Feeding Behaviors of Supermassive Black Holes



Cyndia Yu (Stanford)

Cyndia Yu

Cyndia works on novel instrumentation and analysis for cosmic microwave background (CMB)surveys. She is involved with the BICEP/Keck, Simons Observatory, and CMB-S4 experiments making ever more sensitive measurements of the CMB to probe a wide range of cosmological questions.

Cosmology with Large-Angular Scale CMB Polarimetry.


Maddie Lucey (UT Austin)

Maddie Lucey

Maddie's research focuses on the Milky Way and how the chemodynamical properties of its stellar populations can inform theories of galaxy formation and chemical evolution. She specializes in the inner Galaxy and metal-poor, ancient stars with the aim of constraining properties of the early Universe.

Ancient Stars and the Inner Galaxy as tracers of the Milky Way’s Early Evolution.



Kaeli Hughes (Chicago) 

Kaeli Hughes

Kaeli's research focuses on the radio detection of astrophysical neutrinos above 10 PeV. As a collaborator on the ARA, BEACON, RNO-G, and PUEO experiments, she has built and calibrated radio detectors deployed in some of the most remote locations in the world, including the South Pole, Summit Station in Greenland, and White Mountain in California. As part of her work on ARA, Kaeli developed a targeted low-threshold neutrino search that improved the previous ARA efficiency at low energies by nearly a factor of 10. 

"Turning on the radio: the search for Astrophysical Neutrinos with the Askaryan Radio Array"


Erin Kado-Fong (Princeton)

Erin Kado-Fong

Erin’s research focuses on observations of galaxy structure and assembly, with a special interest in using wide-field surveys of dwarf galaxies to better understand the processes that govern the evolution of these low mass systems. Her work with the HSC-SSP imaging survey explores the interplay and influence of mergers, star formation, and stellar feedback on the observable structure of the dwarf galaxy population at low redshifts.




Carl Fields (MSU)

Carl Fields

Carl's research encompasses astrophysical sources of gravitational waves, stellar nucleosynthesis, and multi-dimensional simulations of core-collapse supernova explosions and their massive-star progenitors.  His work utilizes multi-physics simulation frameworks such as FLASH to produce multi-dimensional supernova progenitor models.  In 2020, he showed that one-dimensional models may be greatly underestimating O-shell convection speeds, a result that has crucial implications for multi-messenger signals of supernovae.

"On The Development of Multidimensional Progenitor Models For Core-collapse Supernovae"


Chiara Salemi (MIT)

Chiara Salemi

Chiara’s research focuses on searches for low-mass axions, one of the best-motivated dark matter candidates.  She works on the ABRACADABRA and DM Radio experiments, which use a novel toroidal lumped element design to look for the coherent interactions of the field of dark matter axions around us.  As a part of a small team, she built and ran the prototype detector, ABRACADABRA-10 cm, which demonstrated the technique’s viability and set the best direct limits on axion-like particles with masses around a neV.

"The Search for Low-Mass Axion Dark Matter"



Carolyn Raithel (Arizona)

Carolyn Raithel

Carolyn’s research focuses on the dense-matter equation of state and its effect on a variety of astrophysical observables, from neutron star radii to core-collapse supernovae and neutron star mergers. Her work combines both analytic derivations and numerical simulations. While working on the interpretation of GW170817, she discovered a new relationship that directly maps the tidal deformability of a merger to the neutron star radius.

"Constraints on the Neutron Star Equation of State from Gravitational Wave Events"




Shany Danieli (Yale)

Shany Danieli

Shany Danieli uses innovative methods and instrumentation to discover faint galaxies and study their dark matter content. She designed and leads the Dragonfly Wide Field Survey, a comprehensive survey of the low surface brightness Universe using the Dragonfly Telephoto Array. In 2019 she provided the strongest evidence yet for the existence of a class of galaxies that lack dark matter.

"Diffuse Galaxies As a Probe for Dark Matter"



Kareem El-Badry (UC Berkeley)

Kareem El-Badry

Kareem's research focuses on how galaxies form and evolve, probing underlying processes of assembly and feedback through careful measurements of their stars and gas.

"Dwarf galaxies as laboratories for astrophysics and cosmology"



Jose Manuel Zorrilla Matilla (Columbia)

Jose Manuel Zorrilla Matilla (Columbia)

José's research is on weak lensing, which is how the images of distant galaxies are distorted by the gravitational fields of intervening galaxies, and how this helps to reveal the structure and evolution of the universe.

"Extracting Cosmological Information from Weak Lensing Surveys"




Charlotte Mason (UCLA)

Charlotte Mason

Charlotte's research focuses on the evolution of galaxies at very high redshifts, including those formed just a few hundred million years after the Big Bang, and the relationship between cosmic reionization and and galaxy evolution in the early universe. 

"What can galaxies tell us about the Epoch of Reionization?"


Nicholas Rodd (MIT)

Nicholas Rodd (MIT)

Nick's research focuses on the structure and experimental signatures associated with beyond the standard model phenomena. His current focus is dark matter and a potential signal seen in the galactic center. 

"Gamma-ray Constraints on Decaying Dark Matter and Implications for IceCube"





Susan Clark (Columbia)

Susan Clark (Columbia)

Clark's research focuses on magnetic fields and their interaction with the interstellar medium, including the development and use of a new polarized foreground mapping technique using neutral hydrogen data. Polarized foreground maps make it possible to search cosmic microwave background data for signatures of cosmic inflation.

"Using Neutral Hydrogen to Measure Cosmic Magnetism and CMB Foregrounds"




Yuan-Sen Ting (Harvard)

Yuan-Sen Ting (Harvard)

Ting's research focuses on understanding the Milky Way galaxy through the technique of "chemical tagging,” which aims to unravel the fossil record of Galactic evolution encoded in the present-day chemical and kinematic properties of stars. As part of this effort, Ting is developing new tools for measuring the properties of stars from large spectroscopic surveys.

"Unraveling the History of the Milky Way"




Eric Carlson (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Eric Carlson

Carlson works on the phenomenology and indirect detection of particle dark matter candidates, as well as improved modelling and characterization of astrophysical backgrounds in cosmic ray and gamma-ray studies. 

"Cosmic Ray Protons in the Inner Galaxy and the Galactic Center Gamma-Ray Excess"



Adrian Price-Whelan (Columbia)

Adrian Price-Whelan (Columbia)

Price-Whelan's research interests are on tidal streams and Galactic dynamics.

"Tidal streams in triaxial systems"





Shea Garrison-Kimmel (University of California, Irvine)


Garrison-Kimmel is working on studies of dwarf galaxies near the Milky Way and Andromeda as probes the physics of the larger Universe, including the nature of dark matter, the small-scale physics of star formation, and the interplay between dark matter and baryons. 





Alessandro Sonnenfield (University of California, Santa Barbara)


Sonnenfeld is working on studies of massive elliptical galaxies, from how much dark matter they contain and how it is distributed to how the interplay of dark matter and ordinary matter leads to the observed properties of these galaxies, probed with direct observations and through the gravitational lensing of background galaxies.





Liang Dai (Johns Hopkins University) 


Liang is a theorist; he is working on identifying signatures of the seeds of structure formed just after the Big Bang, when the universe was extremely young, dense, and hot. 






Jessica Stockham (University of Kansas)


Stockham is an experimentalist; she is working on new techniques to detect ultra-high-energy neutrinos and cosmic rays and to determine the nature of their source







Charlotte Strege (Imperial College, London)


Strege is a theorist; she is probing the unknown particle properties of dark matter through combining results from astrophysical, underground, and collider experiments. 



Chris Williams (University of Chicago)


Williams is an experimentalist; he is working on new techniques to detect the highest-energy particles in the universe, seeking clues to their unknown origins.





Sayan Chakrabortif (Tata Institute)


Chakraborti works on the mechanisms and consequences of supernovae and gamma-ray bursts.





Michele Fumagalli (Santa Cruz)


Fumagalli works on how galaxies and their stars form across cosmic time. An unusual aspect of their work is that each has worked on both theory and observation.






Jo Bovy (New York University)


As a current physics PH.D. student at NYU, Mr. Bovy is doing research at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics (CCPP). He received his Masters in Physics and Mathematics from Katholieke University Leuven, Belgium in 2005. His research focuses on the MIlky Way as well as topics related to the transparency of the Universe and non-gravitational                                   interactions in the dark sector.




Charlie Conroy (Princeton University)


Mr. Conroy received his B.A. in Physics and Astrophysics from UC-Berkeley (2005) and is currently finishing his graduate degree at Princeton. His award recognizes his remarkable research accomplishments in the areas of galaxy formation, large scale structure, and, more recently, the use of the colors and spectra of galaxies as a tool to infer the properties of their stellar                                   populations. He will be visiting CCAPP during May.