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Laura Blecha

Assistant Professor

Office: 2174 NPB
Phone: (352) 392-4948

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, Harvard, 2012
  • A.M., Astronomy, Harvard, 2008
  • M.Phil., Astronomy, Cambridge University, 2006
  • B.S., Physics and Integrated Science, Northwestern University, 2005

Areas of Specialty

Black hole/galaxy co-evolution. Supermassive black hole formation. Black hole and stellar dynam- ics. Supermassive black hole binaries, mergers, and recoils. Gravitational wave sources. Black hole accretion processes and active galactic nuclei. Black hole spin evolution. Galaxy formation and evolution. Computational astrophysics.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on developing theoretical models and making predictions for supermassive black hole (SMBH) and galaxy evolution. My group utilizes a range of numerical techniques including gravitational, hydrodynamics, and radiative transfer simulations from galactic to cosmological scales. We also collaborate with observers to characterize new and unusual populations of active SMBHs, as well as other theorists, including the Illustris and IllustrisTNG collaborations. Our work uses institutional and national high-performance computing resources, including HiPerGator at UF.