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Reader in Astrophysics, University of Portsmouth

I am a Reader (Associate Professor) in Astrophysics at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth, as well as a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History. I study different types of transients – astrophysical phenomena that change on human timescales. I mostly work on supernovae – the explosions of stars – and try to figure out which stars explode as different types of supernovae. To do so, I observe both the supernovae and their host galaxies with ground and space-based telescopes.


  • 2022–present
    Reader, University of Portsmouth
  • 2013–present
    Research associate, American Museum of Natural History
  • 2020–2022
    Senior lecturer, University of Portsmouth
  • 2016–2020
    Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
  • 2014–2016
    Postdoctoral research associate, New York University
  • 2013–2014
    Postdoctoral research associate, Johns Hopkins University


  • 2013 
    Tel Aviv University, PhD in Physics and Astronomy


  • 2022
    Supernova, The MIT Press