Shreya Anand

multi-messenger astronomy - kilonovae - r-process nucleosynthesis - optical counterparts to gravitational waves and gamma-ray bursts - machine learning - time domain surveys

I am a 5th year PhD candidate in physics at the California Institute of Technology, working with Professor Mansi Kasliwal. I received my B.Sc in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park in December 2017. I completed an undergraduate senior thesis project on sky localization with third generation gravitational-wave detectors, under the guidance of Dr. Leo Singer and Professor Cole Miller.

I am broadly interested in multi-messenger astronomy, and specifically electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational-wave sources. At Caltech, I am part of a small team of graduate students and postdocs in the Kasliwal group that conducts real-time wide-field searches for kilonovae associated with binary neutron star and neutron star--black hole mergers with the Zwicky Transient Facility. I am excited to be involved in the rich science enabled by joint multi-messenger discoveries, especially as it relates to uncovering clues about heavy element production in the Universe. My interests also lie in developing machine-driven techniques to discover and characterize rare transients in upcoming large time-domain surveys like the Legacy Survey of Space and Time.