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Mazin Lab

Dr. Gerhard Ulbricht

Gerhard was a member of the lab from 2012-2017, and is now working on MKIDs at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He graduated from the University of Stuttgart, Germany and earned his PhD 2009 at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research under Nobel Laureate Professor Klaus von Klitzing. His work focused on fabrication and testing of X-ray and optical MKIDs.


Dr. Matthew Strader

Matt received his Ph.D. in Physics from UCSB in August 2016.  He is now studying to become a Catholic priest and Friar in the Dominican Order.  Matt can be reached at mstrader zero eight at gmail.

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Dr. Sean McHugh

Sean graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2003, where he worked in Professor Dan McCammon’s group.  He did his Ph.D. work in low temperature experimental physics (specifically, molecular magnets) at the City College of New York (CUNY) with Professor Myriam Sarachik.  Sean was in the lab from 2009 to 2012.


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Dr. Kieran O'Brien

Kieran got his Ph.D. in 2000 from St. Andrews, where he worked with Prof. Keith Horne on X-ray Binaries.  After stints as a postdoc at Amsterdam and St. Andrews he joined ESO as a Staff Astronomer.  He joined Mazin’s lab as an assistant project scientist in November, 2009, and left in 2012 with the title of Research Scientist.  Kieran is an expert in rapid optical and X-ray observations of low mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs).  Kieran has recently been appointed as a faculty member in the instrumentation group at Durham University.

Dr. Danica Marsden

Danica was a Keck Institute for Space Studies postdoctoral scholar at Caltech visiting UCSB for two years.  She worked on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) project during her Ph.D. with Mark Devlin at UPenn, culminating in 2011, studying the CMB and high redshift galaxies.  Danica is interested in the development of technology, such as MKIDs, to further experimental cosmology in order to investigate questions about the early Universe and structure formation.  Danica is now a program manager at D-wave.


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Dr. Julian van Eyken

Julian graduated in 1998 from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and earned his PhD working in exoplanets with Jian Ge's instrumentation group at Penn State and the University of Florida. He went on to work on the PTF-Orion search for young exoplanets as a postdoc at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, working with Dr. David Ciardi. He joined Mazin's lab as an assistant project scientist at the end of 2012 and departed in 2015.


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Dr. Paul Szypryt

Paul graduated from UCSB with a Ph.D. in Physics in August, 2017.  His thesis focused on observations of LMXBs and short period compact binaries with ARCONS, as well as extensive work on developing, fabricating, and testing PtSi MKIDs for 10 kpix and larger arrays.  He is currently a NRC Post-doc at NIST Boulder.


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Dr. Seth Meeker

Seth graduated from UCSB with a Ph.D. in September 2017.  Seth’s thesis project focused on high contrast imaging of exoplanets with the DARKNESS instrument at Palomar.  He is now working as a staff at JPL.

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