Ashley Villar astronomer

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Hi, my name is Ashley Villar!

I am a final-year graduate student and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow at Harvard in the Astronomy department. I study the eruptions, mergers and explosions of stars. I’m especially interested in utilizing multiband light curves to understand the underlying physics of optical transients.

I graduated from MIT in 2014 where I majored in physics and minored in mathematics. I wrote my senior thesis with John Johnson and Josh Winn on asteroseismology.

In my spare time, I volunteer, climb, and do a number of silly projects with my husband like understanding the statistics of ghost hunting and training a neural network to dance at our wedding.

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