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Kareem El-Badry

Center for Astrophysics
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows


I’m an astrophysicist at the Institute for Theory and Computation in the Center for Astrophysics and a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows. I also hold a recurring appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg.

My research is focused on binary stars. I use a combination of large-scale surveys, targeted observations of individual objects, and theoretical stellar evolution calculations to better understand how binaries form, evolved, and interact with their surroundings. I am also interested in Milky Way stellar populations, galaxy formation, and statistical astronomy. Most generally, I like exploring astronomical datasets, learning new things, and developing methods to extract information from data.

B.S. in astrophysics, Yale University

Ph.D. in astrophysics, UC Berkeley