Current group members:

Dr. Jacob L. Bean

Group Leader
Associate Professor 2017 -- present
Assistant Professor 2011 -- 2016

Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Texas at Austin, 2007
B.S. in Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2002

Marie Curie Fellow, 2009 -- 2010
Sagan Fellow, 2010 -- 2011
Sloan Fellow, 2012 -- 2014
Packard Fellow, 2014 -- 2019

Dr. Andreas Seifahrt

Research Scientist since 2011
Lab manager and instrumentation projects lead

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany), 2008
Diploma in Physics, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Germany), 2004

Dr. David Kasper

Postdoc since July 2019
Current project: MAROON-X software and science

Ph.D. in Physics, University of Wyoming, 2019
M.S. in Physics, University of Wyoming, 2016
B.S. in Physics and Astrophysics, University of Minnesota, 2013

Megan Mansfield

Graduate Student (Geosci Department)
Expected graduation: 2021
Future Investigator in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) grant recipient

Current project: Exoplanet atmosphere theory and observation

M.S. in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2018
B.S. in Physics and B.S. in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2016

Adina Feinstein

Graduate Student
Expected graduation: 2023
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Current project: Young stars and their planets

M.S. in Physical Sciences, University of Chciago, 2019
B.S. in Astrophysics, Tufts University, 2018

Madison Brady

Graduate Student
Expected graduation: 2025
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Current project: MAROON-X radial velocity science

B.S. in Astrophysics, Caltech, 2020


Former postdocs:

Dr. Julian Stürmer

Postdoc 2015 -- 2019

Currently a staff scientist at the Heidelberg Observatory (Germany)

Dr. Benjamin Montet

Sagan Fellow 2017 -- 2019

Currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales (Australia)

Dr. Kevin Stevenson

Postdoc 2012 -- 2014, Sagan Fellow 2014 -- 2016

Now a staff scientist at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Dr. Diana Dragomir

Postdoc 2015 -- 2016

Now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico


Former graduate students:

Emily Gilbert

Graduate Student 2016 -- 2018
Completed project: MAROON-X solar telescope

Currently a graduate student at the University of Chicago

Dr. Megan Bedell

Graduate Student 2012 -- 2017
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 2017
Thesis title: Illuminating the Origins of Planets with Solar Twins

Currently an Associate Research Scientist at the Simons Center for Computational Astrophysics

Leonardo dos Santos

Visiting Masters Student 2016
Completed projects: MAROON-X data reduction pipeline and solar twin binaries

Currently a PhD student at Geneva Observatory, Switzerland

Dr. Laura Kreidberg

Graduate Student, 2011 -- 2016
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, University of Chicago, 2016
Thesis title: Snapshots of Faraway Places: Intensive Atmospheric Characterization of Extrasolar Planets

Awarded the IAU (Division F) Ph.D. Prize in 2016
Awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Award in 2021

Now a Director at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Germany)


Former undergraduate students:

Yingyi Liang

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2019
Completed project: Spitzer phase curve analysis

Currently an undergrad at the University of Chicago

Nicholas Earley

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2019
Completed project: transit search in TESS full frame images

Currently an undergrad at the University of Chicago

Cho Yin Kong

Undergraduate Researcher, 2018 -- 2019 academic year
Completed project: Kepler full frame image analysis

B.A. in Economics, B.S. in Physics, minor in Computer Science, University of Chicago, 2019

Zachary Robertson

Undergraduate Researcher, 2017 -- 2018
Completed project: MAROON-X simulator and wavelength calibration

B.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of Chicago, 2020

Now in graduate school at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Graduate fellowship recepient

Caleb Harada

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2017
Completed project: Kepler PSF modeling

B.S. in Astronomy and B.S. in Physics, University of Maryland, 2020

Now in graduate school at UC Berkeley
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Lily Zhao

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2015
Completed project: Space telescope transit spectroscopy

B.A. in Physics, B.A. in Biological Sciences, and B.S. in Mathematics, University of Chicago, 2016

Now in graduate school at Yale University
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Adam Sutherland

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2015 and 2015-2016 senior thesis
Completed project: MAROON-X fiber characterization

B.A. in Physics with Specialization in Astrophysics and B.A. in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2016

Now in graduate school at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona

Katrina Miller

REU student for summer 2015
Completed project: Fiber characterization for MAROON-X

Now in graduate school at the University of Chicago
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Dr. Hannah Diamond-Lowe

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2013 and 2013-2014 senior thesis
Completed project: Spitzer exoplanet atmosphere characterization

B.S. in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2014
M.A. in Astronomy, Harvard University, 2018
Ph.D. in Astronomy, Harvard University, 2020
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient

Now a postdoc at the Technical University of Denmark

Dr. Molly Simon

Undergraduate Researcher, summer 2012
Completed project: Transmission models of the Earth's atmosphere for radial velocity and transit spectroscopy observations

B.S. in Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago, 2013
Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, 2019

Now a postdoc at the Adler Planetarium