Dr Joseph Caruana
In 2016 joined the University of Malta as lecturer in the Department of Physics and the Institute of Space Sciences & Astronomy (ISSA), teaching Nuclear Physics and Astronomy & Cosmology His main research revolves around observational cosmology, particularly the early universe and reionisation, galaxy formation & evolution, and galactic dynamics.
Dr Leandro Beraldo e Silva
Completed his PhD at the Universidade de São Paulo and worked as a postdoc with Victor Debattista at UCLan. His interests are in theoretical Galactic Dynamics, from the relaxation of collisionless gravitational systems to formation and evolution scenarios for the Milky Way. Currently a Research Fellow at the University of Michigan and member of the DESI collaboration.
Dr João Amarante
Finished his PhD at Shanghai Astronomical Observatory under the supervision of Dr. Martin C. Smith. Studied the properties of the Milky Way stellar halo in the Solar Neighborhood using Gaia and LAMOST data. Currently a Visiting Fellow at UCLan and external member of the Galaxy Dynamics Group. Investigating the effects of single mergers in disc-shaped galaxies with N-body + SPH simulations.
Dr Tigran Khachaturyants
Finished his PhD at UCLan under the supervision of Prof Victor P. Debattista as part of the Galaxy Dynamics Research Group. Wrote dissertation and is continuing to study the effects of S-shape warps on the vertical structure of galactic discs. Specialises in
data and N-body+SPH simulations with upcoming Python processing library .
Luis Miguel San Martin Fernandez
Masters by Research (MRes) student studying the kinematics of stars in the bulge of the Milky Way, and in the bulge of a high-resolution simulation of a barred spiral galaxy. Research is focused on comparing the results to understand the formation of our Galaxy's bulge.