Organizing Committee

Connor Bottrell

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at University of Tokyo
Postdoctoral Fellow
I am a first-year postdoc at Kavli IPMU. I received my PhD at the University of Victoria in Canada. My research focuses on the evolution of galaxies using both numerical and observational approaches. I am particularly interested in galaxy mergers, and whether more detailed characterizations of galaxy mergers are possible through machine learning.

Hsin-Yu Chen

Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at MIT
NASA Einstein Fellow / MIT Kavli Fellow
Hsin-Yu is currently a NASA Einstein Fellow at MIT. She got her PhD from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Chicago. Before MIT, she was a Black Hole Initiative Fellow at Harvard University. Hsin-Yu’s research interest is in gravitational-wave astrophysics and cosmology. She’s a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the LISA Consortium. With Advanced LIGO-Virgo’s gravitational-wave detection of compact binary mergers, she is trying to answer the questions like how old the Universe is, how matter behaves at the low-temperature and high density environments in neutron stars, and how much heavy elements were emitted from neutron mergers.

Susan Clark

Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford University
Assistant Professor (appointment starting Fall 2021)
Susan E. Clark in an incoming Assistant Professor of Physics at Stanford University (starting September 2021). Clark got her B.S. in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Stanford faculty, Clark was a NASA Hubble Fellow and Member at the Institute for Advanced Study.

Danielle Norcini

Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at University of Chicago
KICP & Grainger Fellow
Danielle Norcini received her Ph.D. from the Wright Laboratory at Yale University. She helped lead the R&D and construction of the PROSPECT detector to measure neutrinos at very short distances from the High Flux Isotope Reactor in Oak Ridge, TN. As a KICP and Grainger fellow, she is developing low-threshold detectors to search for dark matter and measure neutrino properties. Outside the lab, you can find Danielle at home experimenting with baking ratios, reading interior design blogs, or by the lake playing with her dog Kip.

Yu Qiu

Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University-Beijing
KIAA Fellow
Theoretical astrophysicist, Radiation-hydrodynamic simulations, AGN feedback in galaxies and clusters, Physics of the intracluster medium, Computational astrophysics. @astro_Qiu

Naomi Robertson

Kavli Institute for Cosmology at University of Cambridge
I have been a PDRA at the KICC since October 2019. I work on weak gravitational lensing and I'm particularly interested in using weak lensing and CMB data sets together as well as galaxy clusters as cosmological probes. I am part of the KiDS, ACT and Simons Observatory collaborations. Before moving to Cambridge I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford with Prof. Jo Dunkley and Prof. Lance Miller and prior to that I completed my Masters thesis with Prof. Catherine Heymans at the University of Edinburgh.

Kenneth Wong

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at University of Tokyo
Project Researcher
B.S. Physics, University of California - Davis, 2007 Ph.D Astronomy, University of Arizona, 2013 EACOA Fellow, ASIAA/NAOJ, 2013-2018 Project Researcher, Kavli IPMU, 2018-2021 Research interests: Strong gravitational lensing, galaxy evolution, observational cosmology