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Research and Instrument Analysis Branch

Photo gallery of Research and Instrument Analysts (RIA). Also see the gallery of all Instruments Division staff.

  • Roberto J. Avila
  • Hubble ACS Team, Frontier Fields Pipeline Team
  • Astrodrizzle, point source photometry, resolved stellar populations, High Level Science Products for the Galactic Bulge Treasury Program
  • RIA at STScI since Jan 2011
  • MS Astronomy, BS Astronomy
  • Publications
  • Varun Bajaj
  • Hubble WFC3 Team
  • RIA at STScI since Nov 2014
  • MS Physics
  • Dave Borncamp
  • Hubble ACS Team
  • Astrometry, photometry, AstroDrizzle
  • RIA at STScI since Sep 2013
  • BA Astronomy
  • Publications
  • Matthew Bourque
  • Hubble WFC3 team: UVIS detector characterization and dark calibration, QuickLook
  • Software development, python, SQLite, MySQL, Git
  • RIA at STScI since January 2012
  • BS Astronomy/Astrophysics, MS Computer Science (in progress)
  • Ariel Bowers
  • Hubble WFC3 Team: QuickLook Software Lead, UVIS Flat Fields, Photometry
  • Science projects: Globular clusters systems, Moving Target pipeline
  • RIA at STScI since Sep 2013
  • BA Computer Science, MS Space Systems Engineering (in progress)
  • Publications
  • Stacey N. Bright
  • Webb MIRI Team, LEGUS project
  • AstroDrizzle, IR-Interferometry (VLTI), Radiative Transfer Modeling
  • Planetary Nebulae, Post-AGB stars, dusty disks
  • RIA at STScI since Oct 2013
  • PhD Astronomy
  • Publications
  • Brian Brooks
  • Webb NIRCam team
  • RIA at STScI since Aug 2014
  • BS Physics, Applied Math
  • Michael Dulude
  • Hubble WFC3 Team, Hubble Legacy Archive
  • RIA at STScI since Sep 2008
  • MS Astronomy; BS Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Meredith Durbin
  • Hubble WFC3 team
  • RIA at STScI since June 2014
  • BA Physics
  • Nicholas Earl
  • Webb MIRI team
  • RIA at STScI since June 2014
  • MS Astronomy, BS Astrophysics, BA Philosophy
  • Deatrick Foster
  • Hubble COS+STIS Team, Spectroscopic Legacy Archive
  • RIA at STScI since Nov 2014
  • PhD Physics
  • Heather Gunning
  • Hubble WFC3 team: UVIS QE pixel populations, calibration reference files
  • Python, IDL, LaTeX, WFC3/UVIS gain characterization
  • Low Mass Stars, Stellar Populations, Stellar Evolution
  • BS Physics and Astronomy, MS Physics (in progress)
  • RIA at STScI since August 2012
  • Publications
  • Katie Gosmeyer
  • Hubble WFC3 team: photometry, flats, QuickLook
  • IDL, Python, Fortran, C programming. Git version control. WFC3/UVIS aperture photometry.
  • Solar System interest: rings, KBOs, and icy moons. Cassini/VIMS data. Simulations of colliding Oort Clouds of comets, rotating star clusters, and geysers on Enceladus.
  • RIA at STScI since Sep 2013
  • BS Astrophysics, BS Physics
  • Harish Khandrika
  • Hubble WFC3 team, Frontier Fields
  • RIA at STScI since July 2014
  • MS Astronomy
  • Charles-Philippe Lajoie
  • Telescopes group (Makidon Optics laboratory, Coronagraphs Working Group, Wavefront Sensing/Control Working Group)
  • MIRI coronagraphy, JWST Testbed, Wavefront sensing & control for JWST commissioning
  • RIA at STScI since January 2012
  • PhD Physics (Hydrodynamical simulations of mass transfer in binary stars), MSc Astronomy (Spectroscopic determination of white dwarf atmospheric parameters).
  • Sean Lockwood
  • Hubble COS-STIS Team
  • RIA at STScI since Jan 2012
  • MA Astronomy, BA Astrophysics
  • Douglas Long
  • RIA at STScI since Jan 2007
  • MESA, detector lab (ODL), XO exoplanet project
  • MSc. Physics; BS Astronomy
  • Joseph Long
  • Telescopes Group
  • RIA at STScI since Aug 2014
  • BA Physics and Astronomy
  • Jennifer Mack
  • RIA Branch Technical Supervisor
  • Hubble WFC3 Team, User Support, Frontier Fields project
  • RIS at STScI since Sep 1996
  • MS Astrophysics, BS Physics
  • Aparna Maybhate
  • RIA Branch Deputy
  • Hubble ACS-WFPC2 Team
  • PhD Astronomy, MSc Physics, at STScI since Nov 2005
  • TalaWanda Monroe
  • Hubble COS-STIS team
  • Spectroscopy, MIR photometry, Chemical abundances of stars, Open clusters, solar twins, debris disks
  • RIA at STScI since July 2014
  • PhD Astronomy, MA Astronomy
  • Publications
  • Max Mutchler
  • RIA Branch Lead, Hubble Heritage Team
  • Hubble's cameras (WFPC2, ACS, WFC3), observing and data analysis strategies (dither/drizzle)
  • Planetary science: comets, asteroids, dwarf planets, The Planet Pipeline, mission support (Dawn, New Horizons)
  • MS Space Sciences, BS Astronomy-Physics, at STScI since June 1990
  • Publications
  • Sara Ogaz
  • Hubble ACS Team, Frontier Fields project
  • RIA at STScI since Oct 2010
  • BS Astrophysics
  • Rachel Plesha
  • Hubble COS-STIS team
  • RIA at STScI since July 2014
  • BA Physics, Astronomy
  • Blair Porterfield
  • Hubble ACS team
  • RIA at STScI since June 2014
  • BS Astrophysics, Computer Science
  • Joanna Taylor
  • Hubble COS-STIS team
  • RIA at STScI since July 2012
  • BS Astronomy and Physics
  • Deepashri Thatte
  • Webb NIRISS team (NICMOS, WFPC2 in the past)
  • Science projects: processed WFPC2 data of young galactic clusters using Multidrizzle. Narrow band imaging of QSO absorbers and the constraints on star formation rates (Masters Degree thesis)
  • IRAF/PyRAF, IDL, Python, htm15, Zope
  • RIA at STScI since March 2007
  • MS Physics
  • Kyle Van Gorkom
  • Telescopes Group
  • RIA at STScI since July 2014
  • BS Physics, Philosophy
  • Michael A. Wolfe
  • MESA group (ISSO/JWST), previously on COS-STIS and HLA teams
  • Kepler lightcurves, Chandra spectroscopic extractions and lightcurves
  • Expertise in reducing first order and echelle spectral and photometric data, echelle wavelength calibration, AstroDrizzle, PSF photometry, constructing CMDs.
  • Proficient in IDL, Latex, Excel, HTML5, IRAF (Pyraf), some knowledge of Python and R. Experience with CCDs, MAMA, XDL, IR, X-Ray detectors.
  • RIA at STScI since September 2007
  • MS in Applied Physics, BS Astronomy, Physics, Mathematics