About Us

The hosts of astro[sound]bites are three Astronomy PhD students studying a range of astronomy topics at different universities around the United States, excited to share our love of science and interesting new research results. Read more about who we all are below!

Alex Gagliano

I’m a second year PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying problems in observational and computational cosmology.  I work with Prof. Gautham Narayan to develop software tools for classifying supernovae and other explosive transient events in large surveys. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics from Virginia Tech. Outside of astronomy, I love biking, hiking, thrift stores, and mango sticky rice.

Personal website: https://alexandergagliano.github.io/

Malena Rice

I am a third-year Ph.D. student at Yale University, working with Prof. Greg Laughlin to study the interplay between planets and the systems in which they reside. I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2017, where I worked with Dr. Gaspard Duchene to characterize debris disks as part of the Gemini Planet Imager Exoplanet Survey. I also love to read, play the flute, explore art museums, and eat great bread.

Personal website: http://www.astro.yale.edu/malenarice/

Will Saunders

I am a second year Ph.D. student at Boston University, where I study planetary atmospheres. I work with Prof. Paul Withers at BU and Dr. Mike Person at MIT using stellar occultations to measure waves and climatic changes in the atmosphere of Mars. I received my Bachelor’s in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania. In my free time I enjoy listening to podcasts, visiting museums, and tasting new wines.

Personal website: https://williamrsaunders.com/