Faculty

The OI membership is composed of scientists from each field of origins research.

  1. Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

Past Post-Doctoral Fellows

René Heller

  • CATP Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Research on Exomoons
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23182
rheller [ AT ] physics [ DOT ] mcmaster [ DOT ] ca

I am a postdoctoral fellow of the Canadian Astrobiology Training Program in the group of Ralph Pudritz at the McMaster University in Hamilton (ON), Canada. My special interest is in the formation, orbital evolution, and detection of extrasolar moons. To understand how they form around giant planets like Saturn and Jupiter, I simulate the astrophysical processes in the gas and debris disks around these planets when they were young. These models are expressed in a mathematical framework which I process with a computer code. My simulations shall predict the occurrence and the features of massive moons outside the Solar System in order to guide observers towards the first detection of an exomoon.

Amanda Karakas

  • Nuclear Astrophysics, Mount Stromlo Observatory

Helen Kirk

  • Astrophysics, NRC Herzberg Institute in Victoria
  • Banting Fellow

Lori Ziolkowski

  • Astrobiology
  • CATP Postdoctoral Fellow