Research Team:


Current:

Aly Nida (NASA USRF Fellow):  Advanced Computational Tools for the Starshade Exoplanet Data Challenge
Brianna Joyner:  Advanced Computational Tools for 3D Medical Imaging
Julia Wakefield:  A Bendable Next Generation Endoscope for 3D Medical Imaging
Jenna Snead (SURF Fellow):  Creating a Novel Power Supply System for a 3D Medical Camera
Logan Oxener:  Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Evolution
James Dockery (NASA Minorities in STEM Fellow):  Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Evolution
Stanley McAfee:  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Bailey Williamson:  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Jameson Sanders:  An Endoscopic 3D Imager for Viewing the Esophagus
Kevin Gainey:  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses


Current Projects:

Medical Imaging Instrumentation:


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Borrowing many strategies from astronomical imaging, I lead the development of novel medical imaging instrumentation, such as the one shown in the left frame, to achieve low-cost, single snapshot 3D imaging, for helping prevent terminal cancers in underserved regions of the world.



Investigations into the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution:


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I and collaborators carry out observational monitoring studies of young stars, and combine the resulting data with computational simulations, to better understand how short-term (like on the order of days or weeks) stellar activity can impact orbiting planets, including factors important for habitability.


Direct Imaging of Extrasolar Planets and Circumstellar Disks with Large Ground-Based Telescopes:


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I work as a part of several observational surveys that use infrared adaptive optics imaging, on telescopes such as the Subaru 8-meter in Hawaii and VLT 8-meter in Chile, to search nearby stars for orbiting extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks



Planet and Disk Imaging with the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes:


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  I and collaborators use data from the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope to image extrasolar planets and circumstellar disks.



Research Team Photo Archive:




Research Team Alumni:


Katrina Bynum (SURF Fellow):  A CubeSat Feasibility Study for Monitoring Episodic Stellar Activity
Blake Mino (NASA Palmetto Fellow, NASA USRF Fellow, Sigma Xi GIAR Recipient): Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Dereck Morgado: Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Will Ceva (NASA Palmetto Fellow):  Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Lucy Williamson (SURF Fellow): Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
David Melnick (NASA USRF Fellow, SURF Fellow, MAYS Fellow):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses; Exoplanet Imaging With the Hubble Space Telescope
Elyana Crowder (SURF Fellow, MAYS Fellow): Investigating the Impact of Episodic Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Rafael Hurtado (Sigma Xi GIAR Recipient):   Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Maxwell Rabe (SURF Fellow):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Lennart Langouche:   A Fiber-Based Liquid Lens Endoscope
Jerson Huerfano:   Exoplanet Imaging with the Hubble Space Telescope
Vianny Estrada:   Spectroscopic Monitoring of Young Stars with Circumstellar Disks, to Investigate the Impact of Stellar Activity on Planet Formation and Evolution
Wendell Roberson:   Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Adam Fletcher:   Exoplanet Imaging with the Hubble Space Telescope
Ariane McKiernan (HHMI Fellow):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Hannah Wilson (SURF Fellow, AYRA Recipient):  A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Clay Gardner:  Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Laura Stevens (NASA USRF Fellow):  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Benjamin Wilson (Boeing Scholar, MAYS Fellow):  Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Nathan Gunzenhauser:  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Zachary Griggs: Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Kellen Lawson (MAYS Fellow, SURF Fellow):  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
David McDaniel: A Novel 3D Imaging Technique for Cancer Diagnoses
Brittany Yeager: Imaging Exoplanets and Disks with the Hubble Space Telescope
Kara Perrino: The Hubble Exoplanet Classroom
Thea Kozakis (MAYS Fellow, SURF Fellow):  Searching for Exoplanets and Disks with Hubble Space Telescope Imaging
David Ruwadi: The Hubble Exoplanet Classroom
J. Alex Greene: Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet Systems
Jesica Trucks:  Monte Carlo Orbital Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
Andrei Zorilescu:  Lucky Imaging with the College of Charleston Observatory
Palmer Wong:  Exoplanet Studies with the Subaru SEEDS Survey
John Bent:  Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet Systems
Carolin Schnupp: Brown Dwarfs Around Radial Velocity Planet Systems
Michael Blaschak: An Adaptive Optics Survey of Sub-stellar Companions to TPF Candidate Targets
Gregorio Villar: An Adaptive Optics Survey of Sub-stellar Companions to TPF Candidate Targets
Kyle Hiner: A Distance-Limited Imaging Survey of Sub-Stellar Companions to Solar Neighborhood Stars
Lilit Abramyan: Palomar Hale Telescope Adaptive Optics Instrumentation
Jeffrey Smith (JPlus Scholar): A Monte Carlo Population Study of Wide Separation Brown Dwarf Companions to Main Sequence Stars




Funding: my 2021 research is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), South Carolina IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE), South Carolina Research Authority (SCRA), American Astronomical Society (AAS), NASA, and Pensievision C-Corp.


College of Charleston, Department of Physics & Astronomy,  58 Coming St., Charleston, SC 29424
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July 2021