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STScI Prize Fellow

As a STScI Prize Fellow, Dr. Nimisha Kumari is involved in various functional and research works. On the functional side, she works in the HST/COS team, whereby she is working on the improvement of wavelength calibration of blue modes, and also providing user-support as a contact scientist. She is a post-doc representative and also organizes talks during the Friday Science Coffees.

Dr. Kumari’s research is mainly driven by questions related to galaxy formation and evolution, focusing on its three fundamental properties - chemical abundances, star-formation and gas-dynamics. She addresses these questions via observations studies of emission line galaxies, primarily using integral field and multi-object spectrographs. However, she is also experienced with ultraviolet spectroscopy and multi-wavelength (FUV, optical, IR, radio) data analysis from various ground-based and space-borne instruments.

Before joining STScI in 2019, she worked as an independent research fellow funded by a Schlumberger fellowship at the University of Cambridge, where she also completed her PhD in Astronomy in October 2018 supervised by Prof. Mike Irwin and Dr. Bethan James. STScI provided her a great opportunity to pursue an astronomy project as a summer student in 2013, when she worked as summer student under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Fox. She cares about making education and astronomy available to children and students (especially from disadvantaged backgrounds), and has been a part of several outreach efforts.


PhD in Astronomy, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
MSc in Astrophysics, Ecole Polytechnique, France
MSc (Multidisciplinary), Ecole Polytechnique, France
MRes (Astronomy, Astrophysics & Spatial Engineering), Ecole Polytechnique, France
BSc (Honors) Physics, University of Delhi, India


Science Interests:

  • Local analogues of high redshift galaxies, star-forming galaxies, emission line galaxies
  • Star-forming regions, diffuse ionised gas, compact high-velocity clouds
  • Physics of the interstellar medium, chemical abundances, metallicity gradients
  • Metallicity scaling relations, Metallicity diagnostics, Schmidt relation of star-formation


Research Topics: Star Formation, Histories, and Evolution, Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Interstellar Medium, Astrochemistry, Chemical Abundances


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5320-2568

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