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ICRAR’s research staff form the backbone of our activities in astronomy, engineering and data intensive astronomy.

They work across our many projects in areas as varied as telescope systems design and verification, large scale simulations of the Universe, and the overwhelming computing systems required for the next generation of telescopes and galaxy surveys.

Dr Gemma Anderson

Research Fellow

E: gemma.anderson@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 3785

I specialise in the rapid radio follow-up and monitoring of high energy transients. I study a wide range of astronomical transients (explosive or eruptive events) including gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), supernovae, black hole X-ray binaries, tidal disruption events, magnetars and flare stars.

Dr Omar Anwar

Research Fellow

E: omar.anwar@icrar.org

Omar Anwar is a Research Fellow at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), at the University of Western Australia. He holds a BS degree in Electronic Engineering from Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad, which he obtained in 2007, and an MS degree in Embedded Systems Engineering from the University of Leeds, which he completed in 2009. Before pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked as an academic and researcher at several universities. Omar’s research interests are primarily focused on Machine Learning, Low Power Computing, and Wireless Sensor Networks. During his PhD, he worked extensively on developing an innovative, low-power, low-cost, and long-range smart system for remote beehive health monitoring in Australia. He also developed the world’s first machine learning model for beehive weight estimation, which has been widely praised by the beekeeping community. Currently, Omar is associated with the Data Intensive Astronomy (DIA) group at ICRAR, where he is primarily engaged in minimizing RFI (Radio Frequency Interference) in Radio Waves, a critical issue in the field of astronomy.

Dr Arash Bahramian

Lecturer

E: arash.bahramian@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9174

Data scientist/Astronomer

Specialization:
– Data analytics and statistical inference
– Data visualization
– Programming (Python, R, Matlab, etc.)
– Observational astronomy (radio, infrared, optical, X-rays)
– Black hole and neutron star astrophysics

Professor Kenji Bekki

Principal Research Fellow

E: kenji.bekki@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7730

Specialisation:

Dr Sabine Bellstedt

Research Fellow

E: sabine.bellstedt@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7929

Dr Ramesh Bhat

Senior Research Fellow

E: ramesh.bhat@curtin.edu.au

P: 08 9266 9176

Specialisation: Pulsar astrophysics, Fast Radio Bursts

Dr Connor Bottrell

Forrest Research Foundation Fellow

E: connor.bottrell@uwa.edu.au

Specializations: galaxy assembly and collisions, numerical simulations, ray tracing radiative transfer, wide-field imaging surveys, and machine learning

All of my education took place at the University of Victoria, Canada where I was born. After receiving my PhD in 2020, I spent 2.5 years as a Kavli Fellow at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Tokyo, Japan. Having my sights set on Australia after many memorable work visits, I eagerly made the jump in 2023 when I was offered a Forrest Research Foundation Fellowship at ICRAR/UWA.

Professor Barbara Catinella

Senior Principal Research Fellow

E: barbara.catinella@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7760

Specialisation: extragalactic HI surveys, interstellar medium and star formation, galaxy evolution

Dr Jordan Collier

AusSRC Senior Project Scientist

E: jordan.collier@curtin.edu.au

P: 08 9266 3731

Dr Robin Cook

Research Associate

E: robin.cook@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 3819

Robin is a Belgian-born, Australian-bred research associate at ICRAR/UWA with a passion for all things science and astronomy. Robin is currently undertaking a postdoctoral research position with the Deep Extragalactic VIsible Legacy Survey (DEVILS) at ICRAR/UWA.

Robin began studying astronomy at Curtin University in Perth, WA where he completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours majoring in Astrophysics. He then went on to complete a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia studying cold gas reservoirs in galaxies under the supervision of A/Prof Barbara Catinella, A/Prof Luca Cortese and A/Prof Aaron Robotham.

Alongside research, Robin is also very passionate about science outreach and education. He regularly visit schools all around Western Australia to share the excitement of astronomy to communities both near are far. As a regular volunteer at the Perth Observatory, he also showcases the beautiful Western Australian night sky to the public.

Mr Jaiden Cook

Associate Lecturer

E: jaiden.cook@icrar.org

I am a Curtin Astrophysics PhD student working with A/Prof Cathryn Trott and Dr Jack Line. My PhD project will see me working with advanced statistical techniques such as the bispectrum and kernel density estimators, in order to separate out out foreground galaxies from the cosmological hydrogen signal.

I also enjoy long walks on the beach, and have an affinity for precariously attaching myself to boulders.

Professor David Davidson

Interim Discipline Lead, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Curtin University

E: david.davidson@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 7951

David Bruce Davidson was born in London, UK, but grew up and was educated in South Africa. He received the B.Eng, B.Eng (Hons), and M.Eng degrees from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 1982, 1983, and 1986 respectively, and the Ph.D. and D.Eng. degrees from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in 1991 and 2017 respectively.

David started work at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, from 1985-88. He spent much of his career at Stellenbosch University (from 1988-2017). From 2011-17, he held the SA SKA Research Chair at Stellenbosch; he was also a Distinguished Professor there, and is presently Professor Extraordinary. As of 2018, he joined Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. He was Engineering Director: ICRAR from 2018-2022 and served on the ICRAR Executive. He is currently Interim Discipline Lead, Electrical and Computer Engineering at Curtin University, and continues to work on the ICRAR engineering program.

He has held a number of visiting appointments, including at the University of Arizona, Cambridge University, Delft University of Technology, and the University of Manchester. His main research interest through most of his career has been computational electromagnetics and his research contributed to leading commercial software. In recent years, his interests have expanded to include engineering electromagnetics for radio astronomy and much of his work since joining ICRAR has focussed on detailed electromagnetic simulations for SKA-Low stations.

Dr Luke Davies

Senior Research Fellow

E: luke.davies@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7750

All about the galaxy life cycle

Dr Davies looks at galaxies of all shapes and sizes to compare those that existed in the early Universe to those that formed more recently.

Luke’s big research question at the moment is ‘do galaxies form more stars when they dramatically smash together?’

Research Specialisation: Galaxy evolution by comparing the stellar, dust and molecular gas components of star-forming systems in the early Universe.

Dr Ben Dix-Matthews

Research Associate

E: ben.dix-matthews@icrar.org

Benjamin Dix-Matthews is a Research Associate at the University of Western Australia, working on the stabilisation of free-space optical links for metrology, geodesy, and communications.

Dr Richard Dodson

Senior Research Fellow

E: richard.dodson@uwa.edu.au

P: 08 6488 7842

Specialisation:

Data Processing for the SKA
Radio Interferometric methods
VLBI

Professor Simon Driver

Senior Principal Research Fellow

E: simon.driver@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7747

Specialisation: The evolution of mass, energy, and structure over all time.

Dr Bi-Qing For

Senior Research Fellow

E: biqing.for@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7729

Specialisation:
Multi-wavelength studies of the Magellanic System, HI surveys, stellar chemical abundances.

Dr Amelia Fraser-McKelvie

Research Associate

E: amelia.fraser-mckelvie@icrar.org

I’m a postdoctoral research associate working on science with large-scale galaxy IFU surveys (SAMI, MaNGA). My main interest is galaxy morphology, and understanding why galaxies look the way they do. I use a combination of techniques, including stellar population analysis, and gas and stellar kinematic tracers.

Mr Alex Frost

PhD Student

E: alex.frost@icrar.org

P: 0478619520

I am working on optical and mechanical systems for ground-to-space optical communications with the Astrophotonics group.

Dr Marcin Glowacki

Research Associate

E: marcin.glowacki@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 7929

Dr Edward Gluszak

Senior Research Engineer (SKA)

E: edward.gluszak@uwa.edu.au

Dr Adelle Goodwin

Associate Lecturer

E: adelle.goodwin@icrar.org

I am a postdoctoral researcher at Curtin University interested in accreting compact objects. My research ranges from theoretical modelling of explosions on the surface of neutron stars, to observations of neutron stars and black holes in binary systems, to radio observations of stars being destroyed by supermassive black holes at the center of galaxies.
I am a keen advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM, and currently serve as the Chair of the ICRAR-Curtin development committee.

Dr David Gozzard

Senior Research Fellow

E: david.gozzard@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7784

Dr Brent Groves

Senior Research Fellow (ICRAR/ANU)

E: brent.groves@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 6772

Dr Kate Harborne

Astro3D Research Associate

E: katherine.harborne@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7203

A post-doctoral researcher specialising in computational astrophysics and galaxy dynamics at the UWA node of ICRAR.

Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker

Senior Lecturer

E: nhw@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9178

New telescopes, the flat flat desert and supernova remnants.

Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker gets to play with the first data from a brand new telescope, one of the first of its kind.

She’s discovering new things, creating some stunning images, and seeing a part of outback Australia that not many people get to travel to.

Specialisation: MWA Imaging & Calibration

Dr Minh Huynh

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

E: minh.huynh@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 4594

Specialisation: High redshift galaxies and AGN, formation and evolution of galaxies and multiwavelength surveys

Dr Clancy James

Senior Research Fellow

E: clancy.james@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9473

Dr Maria Kovaleva

Associate Lecturer

E: maria.kovaleva@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 7461

Maria will be working on SKA station simulation and verification to support SKA bridging activities. Maria’s expertise is in antenna design and numerical optimization. She also has industrial experience in satellite communications and emergency radio beacons. Her teaching experience includes mathematics, electronics and antennas and propagation.

Dr Mike Kriele

Research Associate

E: mike.kriele@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7784

Degree/Thesis Title: High Precision Mapping of the Diffused Low Frequency Sky

Dr Claudia Lagos

Senior Research Fellow and ASTRO 3D Fellow

E: claudia.lagos@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 3677

I am Research Assistant at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, in the University of Western Australia. I am in this position as an awardee of a Discovery Early Career Researcher. Before, I spent three years as a fellow at the European Southern Observatory. I was awarded my PhD from the Institute for computational cosmology in Durham University, in November 2012. My broad area of research is galaxy formation and evolution.
In 2014 I was recognised with a MERAC prize for the best European PhD Thesis in Theoretical Astrophysics in the years 2012 and 2013. Later in 2014, I was recognised in Chile as one of the `100 Women Leaders’ and one of the `100 Young Leaders’ of the country for my contributions to Astrophysics (see News). In 2016 I was recognised as the distinguished fellow of the year by the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA.

Dr Karen Lee-Waddell

Director (Australian SKA Regional Centre)

E: karen.lee-waddell@icrar.org

Dr Karen Lee-Waddell is the Director of the Australian SKA Regional Centre (AusSRC, https://aussrc.org), which is a partnership between CSIRO, Curtin University, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and the University of Western Australia. In this role, she is leading the Australian effort to build computing and data intensive research capabilities to support astronomers using current and next generation radio telescopes.

Karen is also currently the Project Scientist for WALLABY (https://wallaby-survey.org), the all-sky survey that aims to detect and image the gas distribution in hundreds of thousands of galaxies using CSIRO’s ASKAP telescope.

Dr Aaron Ludlow

ARC Future Fellow

E: aaron.ludlow@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 3501

Nicolas Maron

Senior Research Officer (TeraNet Project)

E: nicolas.maron@icrar.org

Dr Sam McSweeney

Associate Lecturer

E: sam.mcsweeney@curtin.edu.au

P: 08 9266 3640

Areas of expertise & experience:
– Pulsar astronomy (emission physics, polarimetry, subpulse drifting)
– MWA high time resolution instrumentation
– Signal processing (polyphase filterbanks, tied-array beamforming)
– GPU acceleration (CUDA)

Active areas of research interest:
– Relativistic plasmas and coherent emission mechanisms
– Transient detection techniques
– Polarimetric calibration

Professor Gerhardt Meurer

Senior Principal Research Fellow

E: gerhardt.meurer@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7728

I am an American/Australian Astronomer, working at the University of Western Australia’s node of the International Centre of Radio Astronomy Research.

From 1979 to 1983 I studied for my undergraduate BA degree at Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY, USA), and the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). From 1984 to 1989, I studied for my PhD at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (it’s current name, then it was Mount Stromlo and Siding Springs Observatories) at the Australian National University.

From 1990, I held postdoctoral positions at the Anglo Australian Observatory (Australia), Universit’e de Montr’eal (Canada), The Space Telescope Science Institute (USA), and the Johns Hopkins University (USA). I continued at the Johns Hopkins University as a Research Scientist until the beginning of 2010. That is when I arrived back in Australia to take up my position as a Research Professor at the University of Western Australia.

Dr Martin Meyer

Senior Research Fellow

E: martin.meyer@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7590

Specialisations: HI Surveys, Galaxy Formation and Evolution

Dr Bradley Meyers

Research Associate

E: bradley.meyers@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 7569

I am a radio pulsar astronomer, with a focus on intermittent emission phenomena. I also dabble in the fields of Fast Radio Bursts and other high-time resolution radio transient science.

Dr Ridhima Nunhokee

Research Associate – Astro 3D

E: ridhima.nunhokee@icrar.org

A/Prof Danail Obreschkow

ARC Future Fellow and Interim Head International Space Centre

E: danail.obreschkow@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7388

I am an astrophysicist at the UWA node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and the Head of the International Space Centre. I currently hold a Future Fellowship of the Australian Research Council.

I was born and raised in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. After graduating in theoretical physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland) and the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, US), I obtained my PhD in extragalactic astrophysics at the University of Oxford (UK) in 2009. Subsequently, I spent two years in the private industry before joining ICRAR/UWA as a faculty member in 2011.

I have a passion for many fields in modern physics, astrophysics and cosmology. My primary research focus lies in extragalactic astrophysics, using a combination of analytical, computational and observational tools. I am also passionately committed to experimental research in microgravity and have served as a mission specialist on over 450 parabolic flight manoeuvres aboard the Airbus zero-g with the European Space Agency ESA.

Privately, I enjoy a family life with three lovely boys.

Homepage: www.quantumholism.com

Professor Chris Power

Senior Principal Research Fellow

E: chris.power@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7630

I am a computational astrophysicist working on a broad range of problems in galaxy formation and cosmology. My particular interests are in dark matter – what is its nature? what kinds of observations will allow us to discriminate between alternative models? – and in how feedback from stars and black holes (i.e. deposition of energy and momentum into their surroundings) impact the formation and evolution of galaxies. Most of this work requires powerful supercomputers, and so I also have an ongoing interest in scientific high performance computing.

I obtained a BA in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin in 1999, and a PhD from Durham University in 2003. Between 2004 and 2011, I held postdoc positions in the Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in Melbourne (2004-07) and with the Theoretical Astrophysics Group at the University of Leicester (2008-11). I have been at ICRAR/UWA since 2011, initially as a research assistant professor, as a research associate professor and ARC Future Fellow, and since 2021 as a research professor. Here at ICRAR/UWA, I lead the Computational Theory and Modelling Group, a team of approximately 20 staff, postdocs and students working on a variety of simulation, modelling, and statistical problems in galaxy formation and cosmology.

I am a Chief Investigator for the ARC CoE ASTRO 3D, and I hold a variety of advisory and oversight committee roles, with a particular interest in astronomical high performance computing.

Dr Steve Raj Prabu

Associate Lecturer

E: steveraj.prabu@icrar.org

Degree/Thesis Title: Using MWA as a receiver for a passive radar system aimed at detecting and characterising space debris

Professor Peter Quinn

Professor

E: peter.quinn@icrar.org

Professor Peter Quinn was born in Australia and received his BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wollongong in 1978. He conducted graduate studies in astronomy and astrophysics at the Australian National University and received his PhD in 1982 with a thesis dissertation on dynamics of disk galaxy mergers.

Since then Peter has worked at the California Institute of Technology, the NASA Space Telescope Science Institute and the Data Management and Operations Division at the European Southern Observatory headquarters in Munich. In December 2005, Peter was awarded a Western Australian Premier’s Fellowship and took of the position of Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Western Australia in August 2006. He was appointed Director of ICRAR in 2009.

Dr Jonghwan Rhee

Research Fellow (ASTRO 3D)

E: jonghwan.rhee@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7570

Dr. Rhee’s research interest is galaxy evolution and cosmology using neutral hydrogen (HI) observation. He is now working on HI gas evolution out to z~1.0 using ASKAP DINGO and Parkes as well as HI spectral stacking and intensity mapping technique.

Dr Maria Rioja

Senior Research Fellow (ICRAR/CSIRO)

E: maria.rioja@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7849

Specialisation: Interferometry, Calibration, Astrometry

Professor Aaron Robotham

Senior Principal Research Fellow

E: aaron.robotham@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 5564

I’m predominantly an observational astronomer, mostly working on the GAMA and WAVES surveys (both with redshift data and multi-band imaging). The main science I have been working on recent years has been focused on GAMA groups and close-pairs (which I constructed). I also dabble in simulations and semi-analytics, with a particular interest in mergers and intra-halo light at the moment.

My most recent research efforts have involved the development of a number of software packages that we use extensively within our group (and increasingly elsewhere). These are hyper.fit (hyper plane fitting), ProFit (2D galaxy modelling), ProFound (source extraction) and ProSpect (SED fitting). I supervise and collaborate with people on a number of related projects, so please get in touch if these interest you.

Dr Kathryn Ross

Associate Lecturer

E: Kathryn.ross@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 4670

Degree/Thesis Title: Spectral Studies of Radio Galaxies using GLEAM-X

Dr Giulia Santucci

Research Associate

E: giulia.santucci@icrar.org

My main research interest is studying massive galaxies, focussing on their stellar population and stellar kinematics, in order to better understand how these very peculiar galaxies form and evolve. I have been looking at the internal structure of galaxies in the local Universe (in the SAMI Galaxy Survey) and I am now focussing on galaxies at z~0.3 (MAGPI survey), using Schwarzschild dynamical models.

A/Prof Sascha Schediwy

Senior Research Fellow

E: sascha.schediwy@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 3430

Specialisation: Astronomy and space instrumentation.

Dr Nick Seymour

Senior Lecturer

E: nick.seymour@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 3736

Specialisation: galaxy evolution in deep radio and multi-wavelength surveys. Powerful radio-loud AGN. Doing unusual things with radio telescopes.

Dr Marcin Sokolowski

Research Fellow

E: marcin.sokolowski@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 2046

Specialisation:

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith

Professor

E: lister.staveley-smith@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 4550

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith completed his PhD in Radio Astronomy at the University of Manchester in 1985. From 1989, Lister was based at the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility in Sydney, and was appointed Head of Astrophysics in 2000. In 2006 he was appointed Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UWA and Premier’s Fellow at UWA. He was appointed ICRAR/UWA Science Director in 2014, and Interim Executive Director from 2022-2024. Lister is preparing for the SKA through his research using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), and other world-class international radio facilities.

Dr Adrian Sutinjo

Senior Lecturer

E: adrian.sutinjo@curtin.edu.au

P: 08 9266 9177

Specialisation:
Antenna theory and measurement, Radio astronomy instrumentation, Electromagnetic theory and computation, Radio frequency circuits

Professor Cathryn Trott

Project Leader; SKA-Low Chief Operations Scientist

E: cathryn.trott@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 1306

Specialisation: signal processing theory, Epoch of Reionisation, radio astronomy instrument design considerations, radio transients

Dr Tessa Vernstrom

Senior Research Fellow

E: tessa.vernstrom@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7744

Expertise/Interests: Extragalactic radio sources, properties and statistics, particularly in the μJy and sub- μJy ranges; source confusion; galaxy evolution; large-scale structure; the cosmic radio background; the synchrotron cosmic web; cosmic magnetism; high-redshift source properties; radio surveys; astrostatistics; machine learning; data visualisation methods

Keen to supervise students with projects at honours, masters, and PhD levels. Please feel free to get in contact

Surveys/Collaborations: ASKAP EMU (Project Scientist); ASKAP POSSUM (science team co-lead); MWA GLEAMX; LOFAR Magnetism Key Science Project; SKA Pathfinders Radio Continuum Surveys working group (SPARCS, Chair)

PhD: University of British Columbia (2015)

Mr Kevin Vinsen

Senior Research Fellow

E: kevin.vinsen@icrar.org

P: 0435 164 060

Specialisation:
High Performance Computing
Machine Learning
STEM in Schools

A/Prof Randall Wayth

Associate Professor

E: randall.wayth@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9247

Randall is a radio astronomer with a background in computer science and electrical engineering. He has broad astrophysical interests ranging from dark matter through to the birth of the first stars and galaxies. He has technical expertise in radio telescope design, digital signal processing, high performance computing and radio engineering. He has been involved with the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope since 2005 and led the science commissioning and GLEAM survey teams.

As a scientist with a technical background, Randall bridges the gap between the science and engineering communities and works on novel ways to use radio telescope instrumentation. More recently he has taken on leadership roles within the MWA collaboration and is the Project Scientist for the SKA-Low Aperture Array Design Consortium.

Dr Tobias Westmeier

Senior Research Fellow

E: tobias.westmeier@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 4592

Dr Andrew Williams

MWA Instrument Engineer – M&C

E: andrew.williams@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9474

My honours and PhD projects for UWA were mostly spent at Perth Observatory – I helped automate the 61cm telescope there, built the first digital camera in WA, and helped set up an automated supernova search. I then worked at Perth Observatory as a staff member from 1996-2013. My research there involved working with the PLANET and MiNDSTEp gravitational microlensing groups hunting for extrasolar planets. I started working on Monitor and Control software for the Murchison Widefield Array in 2008, and moved to Curtin in 2013, where I work as an instrumentation engineer, on the MWA and other projects.

Dr O. Ivy Wong

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow

E: ivy.wong@icrar.org

P: 08 6436 8602

Research specialty:
-Physical processes that govern how galaxies form stars, grow supermassive black holes and evolve
-Multiwavelength observational astronomy
-Large radio continuum and atomic Hydrogen (HI) surveys
-Radio Galaxy Zoo (http://radio.galaxyzoo.org)
– Machine learning applications for future radio astronomy surveys

Matthew Young

Astronomy & Astrophysics Course Coordinator

E: matthew.young@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7757

Specialisation: Education and Pulsar Astrophysics