Hi, my name is Ashley Villar! 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 am a Simons Junior Fellow at Columbia University. Starting in July 2021, I will be an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University.
I received my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from Harvard in 2020, where I was a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow working with Edo Berger. 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.
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