Dr. Renee Ludlam, Assistant Professor

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

2023 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize winner awarded by the American Astronomical Society

NASA Hubble Fellowship Program- Einstein Fellow, Caltech (2019-2022)

PhD, University of Michigan (2019)

E-mail: renee.ludlam[at]wayne[dot]edu


I am an Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. I am interested in studying the phenomena associated with the most extreme objects in the Universe: black holes and neutron stars. I have studied black holes across the mass scales (supermassive to stellar mass) prior to pivoting towards investigating the matter that exists in an ultra-dense, cold state within neutron stars. 


Fall 2022 - AST 5010/PHY 5010: Astrophysics and Stellar Astronomy

Fall 2023 - AST 2030: Life in the Universe

Winter 2024 - AST 4100: Astronomical Techniques

Current Group Members:

Postdoctoral Researchers: 

Dr. Malu Sudha

Graduate Students:

Songwei Li 

David Moutard

Hayden Hall 

Undergraduate Students:

Dalal Darwish (graduated 2024)

Callie Collins

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Publications can be found here: ADS Bumblebee Link or ORCID

"The strongest affection and utmost zeal should, I think, promote the studies concerned with the most beautiful objects. This is the discipline that deals with the universe's divine revolutions, the stars' motions, sizes, distances, risings and settings . . . for what is more beautiful than heaven?"                      - Nicolaus Copernicus