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Themiya Nanayakkara

Chief Astronomer at the James Webb Australian Data Centre, Swinburne University of Technology

I am the Laureate Postdoctoral Astronomer at Swinburne University of Technology working on enabling science in the era of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) for the Australian community with Dist. Prof. Karl Glazebrook. I am the Australian point of contact for JWST user support and actively lead developing astronomical/computational techniques to enable efficient scientific use of the JWST data by the Australian community through the JWST Australian Data Centre. I investigate galaxy formation and evolution mechanisms by combining deep observations of the early Universe and novel theoretical models. I am an expert in ground and space based observational astronomy, theoretical stellar populations models, and actively engage in machine learning and data science applications in astrophysics research.

Experience

  • –present
    Chief Astronomer at the James Webb Australian Data Centre, Swinburne University of Technology

Education

  • 2017 
    Swinburne University of Technology, PhD