Meet our ETS Team for 2018-19

Benjamin George


I completed my BSc. from the University of Calgary in astrophysics, and am currently working on completing my masters in astronomy at Western. My research focuses on small cold stars with the intent of supporting exoplanet searches, because honestly that's probably the coolest thing you can do. Planetary and solar system formation are also an interest of mine.  

Viraja Khatu


Viraja Khatu is a PhD student in Astronomy and Planetary Science working with Prof. Sarah Gallagher. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Astronomical Sciences from the University of Toronto Mississauga, and a Master of Science Degree in Astronomy at The University of Western Ontario. Her research involves studying the growing supermassive black holes, known as "quasars", at the centres of massive galaxies. She uses spectroscopy and time-domain analysis to understand the structure of accretion disks in quasars, and the energetic gas outflows in them.

Hadi Papei


Hadi Papei is an Astronomy Ph.D. student working on star formation history of galaxies under the supervision of Dr. Pauline Barmby. Hadi completed his undergraduate degree in Physics at Kharazmi University in Iran and his master degrees in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Minnesota Duluth in the US.

Jeff Vankerkhove


My name is Jeff. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and am now working on a PhD in Astronomy. Although my degree is Astronomy, my research is actually in atmospheric physics, where I use lidars (laser radar) and radiometers to better understand the atmosphere.