Samuel N. Quinn

I'm a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, organizing spectroscopic follow-up of candidate transiting planets for NASA's TESS mission. My research interests include the detection and characterization of exoplanets, planet formation and migration, young planetary systems (like those in open clusters), and the dynamics of multiple systems (both stellar and planetary).

GSU Georgia State University, 2016
 Ph.D., Astronomy

GSU Georgia State University, 2013
 M.S., Physics

 Harvard University, 2007
 B.A., Astronomy & Astrophysics

 I am currently working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for  Astrophysics in support of NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission
, for which I am helping to organize the ground-based follow-up of candidate transiting planets from TESS. I also continue to work on planetary migration and young planetary systems.

GSU At Georgia State, I worked with Dr. Russel White on a radial-velocity  search for exoplanets in open clusters (in collaboration with Dr. David Latham at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics), and carried out complementary studies of planetary migration using observation using AO imaging and simulations. My research was funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

 From 2008-2011, I worked for Dr. David Latham as a researcher at the  Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. My research focused mainly on follow-up spectroscopy to characterize binary stars and candidate exoplanet host stars identified by transiting planet
surveys such as NASA's Kepler mission, the Hungarian Automated Telescope Network (HATNet), the Trans-Atlantic Exoplanet Survey (TrES), and the Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES).

Outside of astronomy, I enjoy hiking, basketball, and spending time with my wonderful wife: