Greetings, and welcome to my homepage. Since August 2015 I am a tenure-track professor of astronomy at California State University, Northridge, in the city of Los Angeles. In addition I am a research associate at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and visitor at Caltech's Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.
My current research focuses around computer simulations of circumstellar disks, with emphasis on the processes that lead to planet formation, such as magnetorotational turbulence, streaming instability, and disk vortices. A goal of this research is to establish a model that combines all the necessary physics to simulate the formation of planetary systems, and enable comparisons with the astronomical observations.
I am also interested in icy moons and habitability. In addition, I have previously worked on star formation and stellar activity, both observationally. You can read more about my research here.
Research InterestsAccretion disks, exoplanets, planet formation, planet migration; fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, dust dynamics; star formation, young stellar objects, stellar atmospheres; code development, supercomputing. Icy moons, habitability.
- Feb 2017: Talk at KITP.
- Jan 2017: Attending the KITP program Confronting MHD Theories of Accretion Disks with Observations.
- Jan 2017: Visiting Simon Casassus in Santiago, Chile. Talk at Observatório Calán and Universidad Católica.
- Nov 2016: Talk at UC Santa Cruz.
- Oct 2016: Colloquium at San Francisco State University.
- Oct 2016: Presenting at DPS as co-author. First author Orkan Umurhan.
- Oct 2016: NASA exoplanets grant awarded to study Super-Earth formation!
- Oct 2016: Wlad speaks at the XV Latin-American Regional IAU Meeting (LARIM) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
- Sep 2016: Wlad at SOC of ExSoCal 2016. Blake presents his work.
- Aug 2016: Paper accepted for publication in PASA. First author Thomas Haworth.
- Aug 2016: Teaching junior-level Mathematical Methods in Physics I.
- Aug 2016: M.Sc. students Vincent Carpenter and Amanda Rowen join group to work on self-gravity and ice shell convection, respectively.
- Jul 2016: High-school intern Blake Hord joins the group to work on radiative transfer post-processing of our simulations.
- Jul 2016: M.Sc. student Leonardo Sattler-Cassara joins the group to study convection in icy moons.
- Jul 2016: M.Sc. student Alexandra Yep graduated. Ms Yep went on to a PhD program at Georgia State University.
- Jun 2016: Hubble cycle 24 grant awarded to study the photoelectric instability in debris disks!
I received my Ph.D. in February 2009 from Uppsala University, Sweden. Before starting as faculty at CSUN, I was a Carl Sagan postdoctoral fellow at NASA-JPL/Caltech, and before that a postdoc at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. I was also a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), in Heidelberg, Germany. Before my Ph.D. I worked as an observer. I was a research assistant at CTIO (La Serena, Chile) and ESO (Garching, Germany), as well as a summer intern at Space Telescope, in Baltimore. My undergrad is on Astronomy, from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.