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I am presently a postdoctoral research associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson. I obtained my PhD in May, 2016 from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, Germany. Broadly, my research interests are in the field of stellar and galactic astrophysics. I work with data from high-cadence (so called time-domain) astronomical surveys to identify variable stars and transient events in a galaxy. Specifically, I'm using data from the iPTF survey to explore novae and other transients in the Andromeda galaxy to make a systematic study of their populations and to test existing theoretical models against these observations. A second goal is to use the nova statistics to tighten constraints on the progenitors of type Ia supernovae. Another part of my work is engulfed in the ANTARES project. Driven by the barrage of data with present time-domain surveys and the expected surge with upcoming surveys like ZTF and LSST, my collaborators and I are designing and implementing effective and efficient algorithms to data-mine for novel events.

Research and Education

Sep 2016 - present
Postdoctoral research associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson.
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Postdoctoral scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching.
Sep 2012 - May 2016
IMPRS PhD fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching.
2010 - 2012
Master of Science in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
2007 - 2010
Bachelor of Science with honours in Physics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.

Publications

My publications can be found here.

Contact

Monika Soraisam
NOAO, Office #118
950 N Cherry Ave
Tucson, AZ 85719
e-mail: soraisam@noao.edu
phone: +1-520-318-8425