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Bhawna Motwani

Grad Student, Astronomy


Pupin 1424

Morningside Heights



I transferred to Columbia in 2018 as a continuing graduate student, and also work as a Guest Researcher at the Flatiron Institute. Prior to moving to New York City, I conducted graduate research at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) on theoretical planet formation and stellar astrophysics. In my current research, I harness large scale cosmological simulations of galaxy formation to study stellar birth environments, as well as the formation and evolution of galaxy clusters.


Research Topics

Galaxy Evolution, Extra-galactic astronomy


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