Faculty

Professor Roger Deane
Director, SKA Chair in Radio Astronomy

Research interests:

galaxy evolution, strong gravitational lensing, 

binary supermassive black holes, MeerKAT, VLBI

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roger.deane [at] wits.ac.za

Professor Andrew Chen
Personal Professor

Research interests:

Observational multiwavelength, multimessenger

and high-energy astrophysics

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andrew.chen [at] wits.ac.za

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Professor Matt Hilton
WITS-SARAO Professor

Research interests:

galaxy clusters, galaxy formation and evolution, observational cosmology

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matt.hilton[at] wits.ac.za

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Professor Nukri Komin
Personal Professor

Research interests:

Gamma-ray astronomy and high-energy astrophysics. 

Galactic sources and remnants of stellar explosions: supernova remnants, pulsar wind nebulae, gamma-ray binaries.

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nukri.komin [at] wits.ac.za

Dr Geoff Beck
Senior Lecturer

Research interests:

Dark matter, philosophy of science, quantum foundations

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geoff.beck [at] wits.ac.za

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Dr Sphesihle Makhathini
Senior Lecturer

Research interests:

Radio Astronomy Instrumentation, Software/Algorithm development for astronomy, extragalactic radio sources.

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sphesihle.makhathini [at] wits.ac.za

Dr Nceba Mhlahlo
Lecturer

Research interests:

Extended radio emission, giant radio galaxies,

galaxy clusters

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nceba.mhlahlo [at] wits.ac.za

Administrative Staff

Farah-Naaz Moosa 
Senior Administrative Assistant

Background:

 BA Psychology and Marketing (Wits)

Psychology Honours (Wits)

NITheCS Gauteng Node

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farah-naaz.moosa [at] wits.ac.za

Postdocs

Dr Iniyan Natarajan
SARAO Chair Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests:

Bayesian Inference in Radio Astronomy, 

Event Horizon Telescope science

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iniyan.natarajan [at] wits.ac.za

Dr Sayan Basu
SARAO Chair Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interests:

Very Long Baseline Interferometry surveys, geodesy, 

binary supermassive black holes

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sayan.basu [at] wits.ac.za

Dr Justine Tarrant
Postdoctoral Fellow

justine.tarrant [at] wits.ac.za

Research interests:

gravitational waves, black holes, exotic physics,

electromagnetic signatures from black hole mergers

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Visiting / Honorary Staff

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Professor Andreas Faltenbacher
Honorary Associate Professor

andreas.faltenbacher [at] wits.ac.za

Research interests:

Machine Learning, cosmological simulations, dark matter, large scale structure, evolution of galaxy clusters

Dr Paolo Marchegiani
Honorary Research Associate

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paolo.marchegiani [at] wits.ac.za

Research interests:

galaxy cluster physics, the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect,

diffuse radio emission associated with clusters, dark matter

Students

PhD

Xola Ndaliso

Shilpa Ranchod (visiting from MPIfR)

Joseph Omojola

Pfesesani van Zyl

Michael Sarkis

Siphiwe Thwala

Galefang Mapunda

Ahmed Ayad

MSc

William Rasakanya
Graham Lawrie
Rozeena Ebrahim
Mika Naidoo
Bhuti Nkosi
Noko Monyebodi
Rowan Batzofin
Lalenthra Fisher
Melukuhle Mtombeni
Mpho Kgoadi
Ralekete Temo
Natasha Lavis
Raees Noorbhai
Paul Stansell