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I'm an astrophysicist and I work on interesting problems related to compact objects, strong magnetic fields, and relativistic outflows. In particular, I'm interested in understanding the physics of magnetized jets in gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), multi-messenger signals from binary neutron star mergers, and magnetic energy dissipation leading to flaring activity in magnetars.


Presently, I'm a postdoc at the Open University of Israel (OUI), working with  Prof. Jonathan Granot. Before this, I was a postdoc at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA), where I worked with Prof. Chris Thompson. I received my PhD in astrophysics from the University  of British Columbia in 2012 under the supervision of Prof. Jeremy Heyl.


My research interests include:

  • GRB jets: Spectro-polarimetric modeling of high-energy emission, radiative transfer, kinetic simulations, jet geometry, jet composition, high energy processes
  • Neutron stars: Magnetar giant flares, population synthesis, cooling of isolated NSs
  • Relativistic plasmas: Plasma waves, mode coupling to radiation, turbulence, magnetic reconnection
  • Axions: Constraints on axion (also axion-like particle) properties from polarization measurements, and from Blazar physics


I am currently a member of  the Fermi-GRB group and the enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission.