Our group is close-knit and highly active. Student researchers have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of computational astrophysics research projects on cutting-edge topics, ranging from Type Ia supernovae to star formation.

Group alumni have been highly successful. In 2018, group alumnus Suoqing Ji accepted the highly-prestigious Burke Prize Fellowship in theoretical astrophysics at Caltech. In 2014, group member Jillian Bolinger was one of only sixty undergraduate students selected from a pool of over six hundred applicants to participate in the Council of Undergraduate Research's "Posters on the Hill Event." In 2012, group member Peter Jumper was recognized by the APS as a finalist for the highly-prestigious Apker Prize for research conducted in the group on the brown dwarf desert. Masters and bachelors students have been admitted to and received fellowship offers from physics and astronomy Ph.D. programs at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Toronto, University of Maryland College Park, University of Virginia, Ohio State University, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas at Austin, University of California Santa Barbara, SUNY Stony Brook, Arizona State University, Georgia Tech, and Clemson University, among others, or have pursued successful careers in private industry.

Current Group Members

Ph.D. Graduate Students

Vishal Tiwari (Fall '18 - )

M.S. Graduate Students

Gabriel Casabona (Fall '17 - )

B.S. Undergraduate Students

Michelle Barnes (Fall '17 - )

Matthew Silva (Fall '17 - )

Emily Dors (Spring '18 - )

James Lunney (Spring '18 - )

Thuong Nguyen (Spring '18 - )

Recent Collaborators

Gabriela Aznar-Siguán (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Ray Bair (Argonne National Laboratory)

Rosanne Di Stefano (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Anshu Dubey (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Enrique García-Berro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Or Graur (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Carlo Graziani (University of Chicago)

James Guillochon (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Richard Klein (LLNL / University of California at Berkeley)

Kaitlin Kratter (University of Arizona)

Don Lamb (University of Chicago)

Dongwook Lee (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Pablo Lorén-Aguilar (University of Exeter)

Chris McKee (University of California at Berkeley)

Stella Offner (University of Texas Austin)

Hagai Perets (Weizmann Institute of Science)

James Steiner (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Frank Timmes (Arizona State University)

Dean Townsley (University of Alabama)

Petros Tzeferacos (University of Chicago)

Daan van Rossum (Radboud University)

Hiroya Yamaguchi (Kyoto University)

Group Alumni

Ph.D. Graduate Students

Rahul Kashyap (UMass Dartmouth Distinguished Doctoral Fellow '17 → Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics / International Center for Theoretical Sciences Prize Postdoc)

M.S. Graduate Students

Pritom Mozumdar (M.S. Physics '18 → Physics Ph.D. Program, UC Davis )

Tazkera Haque (M.S. Physics '17 → Judith Young Fellow, Astronomy Ph.D. Program, UMass Amherst)

Jillian Bolinger (M.S. Physics '16 → Naval Undersea Warfare Center)

Pranav Dave (M.S. Physics '16 → Physics Ph.D. Program, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Kathryn St. Laurent (M.S. Physics '15 → Space Telescope Science Institute)

Brian Pinault (M.S. Physics '15 → H.S. Math & Physics Teacher at Nazarene Christian Academy)

Suoqing Ji (M.S. Physics '13 → Paxton Fellow, Physics Ph.D. Program, UCSBBurke Prize Fellowship, Caltech)

Avinash Kumar (M.S. Physics '11 → Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Maryland - College Park → Postdoc, Caltech Optical Imaging Laboratory)

David Falta (M.S. Physics '11 → Harvard Extension School)

Pradip Basnet (M.S. ’10 → Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Georgia Athens → Postdoc, Georgia Tech)

Sashi Poudel (M.S. ’10 → Physics Ph.D. Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

Rakesh Ginjupalli (M.S. ’10 → Engineer at IBM Global Services)

Undergraduate Students

Eliza Miley (B.S. Physics '17 → UMass Dartmouth M.S. Physics Student → Naval Undersea Warfare Center)

Chris Byrohl (DAAD RISE Student, Summer '15, Georg-August-Universität → Masters Student UC Berkeley →Ph.D. Student, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching)

Matthew Wise (OUR Research Student, B.S. Physics '17 → MorphoTrust USA)

Martin Lellep (DAAD RISE Student, Summer '14, Phillips-Universität Marburg → Masters Student University of Edinburgh)

Tiffany Ferreira (B.S. Physics '14 → Distinguished Doctoral Fellow, EAS Ph.D. Program, UMass Dartmouth)

Jillian Bolinger (NASA Space Grant Scholar, B.S. Physics '14 → M.S. Physics '16, UMass Dartmouth)

Jean Pierre (LSAMP Scholar, Spring '13 - Spring '14 → Dell EMC)

Casey Newell (NASA Space Grant Scholar, Summer '13)

Matthias Aengenheyster (DAAD RISE Intern Summer '13, Jacobs University, Germany → Masters Student, Utretcht University, Graduate School of Natural Science Thesis Award → Ph.D. Student, Oxford University)

Kevin Jumper (B.S. Physics '13 → Astronomy Ph.D. Program, University of Texas at Austin)

Peter Jumper (B.S. Physics '13, APS Apker Prize Finalist → Connaught International Fellow, Astronomy & Astrophysics Ph.D. Program, University of Toronto)

Pascal Cremer (DAAD RISE Student '12, Universität Bonn → CHESS Fellow, University of Cambridge Masters Program in Applied Mathematics → Ph.D. Student Universität Bonn)

Jan Behrends (DAAD RISE Student '11, Freie Universität Berlin → Ph.D. Student, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems)

Shivangi Prasad (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Student '11 → Physics Ph.D. Program, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign)

Joseph Collins (B.S. Physics Transfer → Colorado State University - Fort Collins → Academic Computing, Colorado State University)

Justin McKennon (NASA Space Grant Scholar, B.S. EECE '12 → Principal Engineer at RMS Engineering Services)

Deivid Ribeiro (B.S. Physics Transfer → Physics B.S. '13, Brown University → Columbia University Dean's Fellow, Astronomy Ph.D. Program)

(Top) Fisher Group, fall of 2017. From left-to-right: Gabriel Casabona, Michelle Barnes, Robert Fisher, Matthew Silva, Pritom Mozumdar.

(Bottom) Fisher Group, summer of 2013. From left-to-right: Robert Fisher, Suoqing Ji, Peter Jumper, Jillian Bolinger, Matthias Aengenheyster, Rahul Kashyup, Casey Newell, Kevin Jumper, and Jean Pierre.

High School Students

Noah Chartier (Summer '15 → Physics B.S. Program, University of Rochester)