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Dr. Maryam Modjaz

Welcome! I'm an associate professor in Astrophysics at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics of the NYU Physics department. My preferred pronouns are (she/her/hers).

- I'm delighted to have received the prestigious Faculty Fellowship by the Humboldt Foundation that will enable me to spend the summers of 2018-2020 at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany.
- I was featured in the Apple ad "Don't blink" (see below picture, where I explain what "Nits" are) for the launch of iphone 7 and iwatch2 in Sept 2016. The original video, with almost 7 million views, is no longer available on Youtube (because of license reasons), but this upload by the Casting Company still is (I appear at 1:38min). I was interviewed & profiled for an article in ScienceLine
. - We are going LIVE with our github respository and SNYU webpages which release our data, data products (including SNID templates) and code to the public
- I am honored to have been awarded the NSF CAREER award for 2014-2020 (here our press release).

My research and that of my group addresses fore front problems in stellar death astrophysics through extensive and panchromatic observations of various types of massive stellar explosions, specifically Gamma-Ray Bursts and Supernovae, which are among the most powerful explosions in the universe, as well as a growing class of exotic transients. With the goal of understanding their stellar progenitors and the explosion conditions that determine the fate of massive stars, I also study these stellar explosions' host environments and host galaxies, in particular the metallicities at the explosion sites, as a promising new tool for differentiating between various progenitor models. Astrophysics is entering the Golden Age of innovative time-domain surveys that stand to revolutionize our understanding of the transient sky. I'm part of the very successful Palomar Transient Factory (PTF, which finished as such in Dec 2012, and is now continuing as iPTF), as well as the large-scale Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) planned for around 2020. I am also member of of the SWIFT SN Team.

I also enjoy working with students and have a range of potential projects, from theoretical modeling to data-intensive projects. Please contact me if you are interested.

I immensely enjoy teaching. I have been teaching a number of graduate and undergraduate classes - e.g.,"Stars and Stellar Explosions" class for grad students at NYU: Stars and Stellar Explosions, "Observational Astronomy" for undergrads and "CORE: From Quarks to Cosmos" for non-majors and non-scientist undergrads. Lots of fun!

For my work, I was honored to receive the Ludwig-Biermann-Award (an early career award) of the German Astronomical Society at their annual meeting in September 2010.
I finished a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowiship in the astronomy department at Columbia University for 2010-2011 and a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship in Astronomy at UC Berkeley. At UC Berkeley, I collaborated with Prof. Alex Filippenko and Prof. Josh Bloom, and their respective groups. In 2007, I completed my PhD at Harvard University Department of Astronomy, working with Prof. Bob Kirshner. I was awarded the Fireman Prize from the Harvard Astronomy Department for outstanding dissertation work. For my PhD thesis, I studied the explosions of massive stars in order to comprehensively characterize the class of stripped-envelope supernovae due to core-collapse and to illuminate the SN-GRB connection. At the CfA, I was part of the Supernova Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Research Interests: Supernovae, SN-GRB Connection, Environments of SN and GRBs

Contact: mmodjaz(at)nyu.edu
Dr. Maryam Modjaz (she/her/hers)
Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics
New York University
726 Broadway, Office 1044
New York, NY 10003