Former Members

OIR Laboratory
Maren Cosens

Maren Cosens
Physics, Ph.D., 2022

Maren complete her Physics PhD in 2022 and investigated how star forming regions evolve and influence their host galaxies, as well contributed significantly to astronomical instrumentation for Keck Observatory Liger. Maren is now a Brinson Prize Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie.

Arun Surya

Arun Surya
Postdoctoral scholar

Arun was a TMT/IRIS postdoctoral scholar from 2018 - 2020. Arun specialized in optical design of the integral field spectrograph, detector readout design, and development of the data reduction and software analysis tools. Arun is now a postdoctoral scholar at the Indian Institute of Astronomy.

Kalp Mathur

Kalp Mathur
Engineering Undergraduate Student

Kalp is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Structural Engineering with a Focus in Aerospace Structures. He is working on instrumentation for Liger on Keck Observatory.

JonJohn Ramos

JonJohn (Robert) Ramos
Engineering B.Sc., 2020

Robert conducted NIROSETI observation for three years on the Lick Observatory Nickel Telescope and did some engineering design and detector characterization. Robert received his B.S. in Structural Engineering and is now Masters student in engineering.

Colin Barrett

Colin Barrett
Physics B.Sc., 2020

Colin conducted NIROSETI observations for two years on the Lick Observatory Nickel Telescope. Colin received his B.S. in Physics. He is now in the airforce training to become a pilot.

Andrey Vayner

Andrey Vayner
Physics, Ph.D., 2019

Andrey completed his Ph.D. thesis in the OIRlab and investigated how supermassive black holes and galaxies form and evolve using multi-wavelength data sets. Andrey is now a postdoctoral scholar at Johns Hopkins.

Guillaume

Guillaume Shippee
Physics B.Sc., UCB, 2019

Guillaume worked as a lab assistant from Jan - Aug 2019 on Panoramic SETI. Guillaume is now an engineer at Qualcomm working on machine learning algorithms that are embedded in hardware design.

Nina Shirman

Nina Shirman
Physics B.Sc., 2019

Nina worked in the OIRlab for 2 years and help study AGB stars using high-contrast imaging instruments and conducting observations using the NIROSETI instrument. Nina is now a Research Scientist Associate at Lockheed Martin.

Clayton Hultgren

Clayton Hultgren
Physics B.Sc., 2018

Clayton was a 4th year undergraduate studying astrophysics and conducting observations using the NIROSETI instrument and is now in the Air Force.

Greg Walth

Greg Walth
Postdoctoral Scholar

Greg was the TMT/IRIS postdoctoral scholar from 2016 - 2018. Greg made significant advancements to the IRIS data reduction system and simulator. His research interest is in studying the most massive galaxy clusters in cosmic lenses to studies. Greg is now a postdoctoral scholar at Carnegie Observatories.


    Siyang Li

Siyang Li
Physics Undergraduate Student

Siyang is a Physics undergraduate at UC Berkeley student who worked in the UCSD OIRLab in summer 2018. He worked on characterizing near-infrared detectors for the PANOSETI project.

Brenda E. Araiza S.

Brenda E. Araiza S.
Aeronautic Engineering Undergraduate Student

Brenda was a Aeronautic Engineering undergraduate student from Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana who worked in the UCSD OIRLab in summer 2018. She worked on structural analysis for the PANOSETI Project.

Brian Merino

Brian Merino
Summer 2017 Undergraduate

Brian was a STARS summer undergraduate in 2017 and worked with Greg Walth on research of high-redshift gravitationally lensed galaxies.

Andres Duenas

Andres Duenas
Physics B.Sc., 2016

Andres worked in the UCSD OIR lab during July 2015 to May 2017, first as an undergrad and then as a lab assistant. Andres played an integral role in observing with NIROSETI instrument and conducting research.

Melisa

Melisa Tallis
Physics B.Sc., 2016

Melisa worked in the UCSD OIR lab during February to December 2016 as an undergrad, and played an integral role in observing and developing post-processing routines for the NIROSETI instrument.

Tran Tsan

Tran Tsan
Summer 2016 Undergraduate

Tran was a summer undergraduate researcher in the UCSD OIR lab in 2016, and worked on TMT/IRIS simulations of distant, passive galaxies. Tran is now a graduate student at UC San Diego and works in the experimental cosmology lab with Professor Arnold.

Dan Marshall

Dan Marshall
Physics M.Sc., 2016

Daniel worked in the UCSD OIR lab from May 2015 to May 2016 as Physics graduate student. His work focused on instrumentation and data simulations for IRIS on TMT. Dan is now Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Varda Space Industries.

Etsuko Mieda

Etsuko Mieda
Astrophysics, Ph.D., 2015

Etsuko received her Astrophysics Ph.D. from University of Toronto in 2015 working with Prof. Wright. Her work focuses on galaxy evolution and developing new innovative instrumentation for adaptive optics systems. Etsuko is currently a Support Astronomer at Subaru Observatory.