Team Members

The TITANS Nucleo project involves scientific and technological staff from four different Chilean Institutions: Universidad de Concepcion, Universidad de Chile, Universidad de Valparaiso, and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Santiago. The Chilean group consists of 10 professors, four postdocs (with three more to be hired with Nucleo funding), five Ph.D. students, and approximately 20 Master's students. We have long term collaborations with several international groups, including the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration. Two of our staff are members of the Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration, and we are strongly involved in the next-generation EHT (ng-EHT).


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Neil Nagar

Director

Neil Nagar obtained his Ph.D. at U. Maryland. He is full professor at U. de Concepcion, and a founding member of the EHTC Collaboration. His work in TITANs will focus on observing a large sample of AGNs with the EHT and next-generation EHT, in order to better understand the innermost regions around SMBHs, and to resolve more black hole shadows.



Universidad de Concepción
nagar (at) astro-udec.cl
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Dominik Schleicher

Deputy Director

Dominik Schleicher obtained his Ph.D. from U. of Heidelberg, and is now associate professor at U. de Concepcion. Dominik explores the formation of the first cosmological objects in the Universe, including the first stars and the first SMBHs. Central questions of his research concern the masses of the first stars, the conditions under which supermassive black holes may form and the resulting masses of the stars and black holes. These questions are explored using highly parallel cosmological simulations on supercomputers.

Universidad de Concepción
dschleicher (at) astro-udec.cl
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Patricia Arevalo

Associate Researcher & Diversity

Patricia Arevalo obtainted her Ph.D. at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet and Max-Planck-Institut für extraterrestrische Physik, Munich, and is currently an associate professor at U. Valparaiso. Her main research interests deal with accretion onto supermassive black holes and the study of the entire central engine - including the accretion disc, X-ray corona and molecular dusty absorber - of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), using X-ray and optical data. Within TITANs she will study the growth of black holes in the local universe and over cosmic time.

Universidad de Valparaiso
patricia.arevalo (at) uv.cl
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Stefano Bovino

Associate Researcher & Training

Stefano Bovino obtained his PhD at the University of Rome Sapienza, and is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Astronomy, University of Concepcion. He is working on computational astrophysics, performing magneto-hydrodynamical simulations, particularly focusing on the astrochemical aspects of different astrophysical environments. Within TITANs he will work on the impact of high-energy processes (e.g. AGN-driven) on the chemistry of the molecular gas.



Universidad de Concepción
stefanobovino (at) astro-udec.cl
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Paulina Lira

Associate Researcher & Science Council

Paulina Lira obtained her Ph.D. at U. of Edinburg, and is now associate professor at U. de Chile. Her main area of research is Black Holes in Active Galaxies, specifically variability in their emission, from radio to X-rays. Within TITANs she will several tools, including eROSITA and SDSS-V, to constrain black hole mass, and thus growth, over cosmic time.





Universidad de Chile
plira (at) das.uchile.cl
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Rodrigo Reeves

Associate Researcher & Technology

Rodrigo Reeves obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from U. de Concepcion, and is currently assistant professor at U. de Concepcion. Rodrigo works in research and development of leading technologies for their use in astronomy. He is the head of CePIA (Center for Astronomical Instrumentation) at UdeC, which develops astronomical instruments for cm to low-Terahertz radiofrequencies. Within TITANs he will lead site testing efforts for new ng-EHT telescopes, and the development of high bandwidth LEO satellite communication stations.


Universidad de Concepción
rreeves (at) astro-udec.cl
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Ezequiel Treister

Associate Researcher & Spin-offs

Ezequiel Treister obtained his Ph.D. at Yale University, and is currently associate professor at the Institute for Astronomy of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. His research focuses on multiwavelength observational studies of the population of growing supermassive black holes.





Pontifica Universidad Catolica
etreister (at) astro.puc.cl
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Andres Escala

Assistant Researcher

Andres Escala obtained his Ph.D. at Yale and is currently Associate Professor at U. de Chile. His current interests are focused primarily on the formation of celestial objects, by means of N-body+Hydro numerical simulations studies of these systems, using state of art codes (GADGET, ENZO, RAMSES, NBODY6, etc). Problems studied include the formation of black hole seeds by cloud collapse and runaway stellar collisions, cosmological growth and evolution by massive black hole mergers and/or gas accretion, star formation laws in galaxies and cluster formation in galactic mergers.

Universidad de Chile
aescala (at) das.uchile.cl
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Rodrigo Herrera-Camus

Assistant Researcher & Outreach

Rodrigo obtained his Ph.D. at the U. of Maryland, College Park, and is currently assistant professor at U. de Concepcion. Rodrigo uses observations of the cold dust and gas in galaxies near and far to explore the physical properties of their interstellar medium, molecular gas content, star formation activity, and feedback in the form of outflows. Within TITANs, Rodrigo will use ALMA and NOEMA to investigate the molecular gas in the disk and outflows of high-redshit galaxies (z~1-3), and the kinematics of the first galaxies (z > 6).


Universidad de Concepción
rhc (at) astro-udec.cl
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Nathan Leigh

Assistant Researcher

Nathan Leigh received his PhD from McMaster University, and is currently assistant professor at U. de Concepcion. Nathan works on classical (but unsolved) gravitational three- and four-body problems, black holes of all masses, and the formation, evolution and final fate of binary stars containing black holes in dense stellar systems.




Universidad de Concepción
nleigh (at) astro-udec.cl
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