Graduate Students

Most graduate students are based at IfA Mānoa, located in the city of Honolulu on the island of O‘ahu. Some are located on the neighbor islands, at our IfA Hilo and IfA Maui locations.


Gagandeep Anand Graduate Student

Ph.D. Topic: Tip of the Red Giant Branch Distances to Nearby Galaxies
Committee Chair: Brent Tully
IfA Mānoa

Connor Auge Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa

Travis Berger Graduate Student, FINESST Future Investigator

Ph.D. Topic: Precise Radius, Metallicity, and Age Demographics of Exoplanets in the Gaia Era
Committee Chair: Dan Huber
IfA Mānoa, C-213A
Precise Radius, Metallicity, and Age Demographics of Exoplanets in the Gaia Era

Jerrah Biggerstaff Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, B-101

Ashley Chontos NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Ph.D. Topic: Precise Stellar and Planet Properties in the Kepler, K2, & TESS Era
Committee Chair: Daniel Huber
IfA Mānoa, C-127
Asteroseismology of Exoplanet Hosts with Kepler, K2, and TESS, Exoplanets Orbiting Subgiants: Benchmark Systems with TESS

Zach Claytor PhD Candidate

IfA Mānoa, C-127
Characterizing Rotation and Magnetic Evolution of TESS Stars

Mitchell Dennis Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, B101

Aaron Do Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa
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Alison Dugas Graduate Assistant

IfA Mānoa, C-133

Ryan Dungee Ph.D. Candidate

IfA Hawaii island
Predicitve Control in Ground Layer Adaptive Optics, Rotation Periods of M dwarfs in M67 and Rup 147

Kenji Emerson Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa

Christian Flores Gonzalez Graduate Student

Ph.D. Topic: The Evolution of Magnetic Fields in Low-mass Young Stars
Committee Chair: Michael Connelley
IfA Hawaii island
The evolution of magnetic field strengths in young stars, Thermal inhomogeneities on the surface of young stars, Physical properties of edge-on disks using ALMA observations

Tze Goh Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa

Denise Hung Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, C-225

Jonathan Lee Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa

Jiayi Liu Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, C-216A

Miles Lucas Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, C-216A

Michael Nassir Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa

James Ou Graduate Research Assistant

IfA Hawaii island, 132
Dynamics of Main Belt Binary Asteroids, Robo-AO

Anna Payne Graduate Student (NASA Fellow)

IfA Mānoa

Maïssa Salama Graduate Student

Ph.D. Topic: Large Adaptive optics Survey for Substellar Objects (LASSO) at wide separations around young, nearby, low-mass stars with Robo-AO
Committee Chair: Christoph Baranec
IfA Hawaii island
LASSO (Large Adaptive optics Survey for Substellar Objects), Robo-AO, SAPHIRA detector

Aldo Sepulveda Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa

Cody Shaw AFRL Fellow

Instrumentation Development for Jovian Seismology

Bryan Yamashiro Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, B-101

Zhoujian Zhang Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, B-227
COCONUTS (COol Companions ON Ultrawide orbiTS), Forward-Modeling Analysis of Ultracool Dwarf Atmospheres, Survey of young brown dwarfs and free-floating planets in nearby star-forming regions (e.g., Taurus, Upper Scorpius)

Ruihan Zhang Graduate Student

IfA Mānoa, C-216A
Instrumentation, Adaptive Optics