Emily Leiner

Graduate Student

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Office: 5510 Sterling Hall

Research Interests:

I am interested in binary star evolution. In particular, I study populations of unusual stars found in open clusters. Many of these are binary systems whose past evolution have been effected by mass transfer, stellar mergers, or stellar collisions.

Biography:

After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2010 with a BA in Astronomy, I took time away from school to live in Chicago and work at the Adler Planetarium. As much as I enjoy public outreach, I missed scientific research. In Fall 2012 I arrived here at the University of Wisconsin--Madison to begin my PhD in Astronomy. I joined the research team of Prof. Robert Mathieu working on the WIYN Open Cluster Study and developing models of binary evolution using the stellar evolution code Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics (MESA). 

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