About Us

The hosts of astro[sound]bites are four 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!

Sabrina Berger

I’m currently a PhD student at McGill University in Montréal researching the history of the universe at radio wavelengths and how to make some of those radio telescopes work better! I received my Bachelor’s degree in astrophysics at UC Berkeley where I did research in rocky exoplanet modeling. Check out my personal website here: https://sabrinastronomy.github.io/.

Kiersten Boley

I’m an NSF Fellow at The Ohio State University and an IPAC Fellow at NASA. I study the connection between planet formation and the evolution of our galaxy along with magma ocean planet interiors and their evolution.  I received my Bachelor’s in Physics from Georgia Tech. When I’m not doing research, I love to scuba dive, run, and paint!

Personal Website: https://kboley3.github.io/

Alex Gagliano

I’m an NSF Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Astrophysics. I study the correlations between explosive transients and their local environments, as well as the physics of unusual explosions. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Computational Modeling and Data Analytics from Virginia Tech. Outside of astronomy, I love running, playing cello, and building community.

Personal website: https://users.flatironinstitute.org/~agagliano/

Will Saunders

I am a Ph.D. student and NASA FINESST Fellow 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 temperatures in the atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune. I received my Bachelor’s in Physics & Astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania. In my free time I enjoy hard-edge painting and visiting museums that have hard-edge painting.

Personal website: https://williamrsaunders.com/

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Malena Rice

I will be a 51 Pegasi b Fellow at the MIT Kavli Institute from 2022-2023, and I will begin as an Assistant Professor in the Yale Astronomy Department in Summer 2023. I received my Ph.D. from the Yale Astronomy Department in February 2022, and my dissertation examined the dynamical characteristics and evolution of planetary systems. Before that, I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2017. Outside of research, I love to read, play the flute, explore art museums, and eat great bread.

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