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Ashley Villar

Simons Junior Fellow, Astronomy




I am a Simons Junior Fellow, interested in time-domain astrophysics from a data-driven perspective. I received my B.S. from MIT in Physics and PhD from Harvard in Astronomy & Astrophysics.


Research Topics

Time-domain astrophysics, supernovae, machine learning


Current Research

 I use statistics, data-driven methods and machine learning to study extragalactic transients. I am particularly interested in exotic core-collapse supernovae, kilonovae and real time supernova classification in preparation for the Vera Rubin Observatory.