Maryam Modjaz is an Associate Professor of Physics at NYU and on sabbatical at the Center for Computational Astrophysics for 2018-2019. Her research addresses fore front problems in stellar death astrophysics and time-domain astronomy, which include Gamma-Ray Bursts and different kinds of Supernovae, which all are amongst most powerful explosions in the Universe.
She received the Ph.D. from the Harvard University in 2007 and a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2000, where she also worked as a Miller Fellow from 2007-2010. In 2010-2011 she was a Hubble Fellow at Columbia University. The recipient of Harvard University’s Fireman Prize for an outstanding PhD dissertation, her work has been featured on NPR, in Astronomy Now, and in a feature article in UC Berkeley’s “California” magazine. In September 2016, she was featured in the Apple ad for iphone7 & iwatch2 in her capacity as NYU professor of physics.