Khan, Rubab








Studied at

Ohio State University (2014)

Joined UW in


My primary research focus is massive star geriatrics: the study of the affects of old age on the most massive stars. I am particularly interested in understanding how episodic mass-loss in the last stages of stellar evolution influences the fate of the stars, circumstellar dust formation and chemical enrichment of galaxies. At UW I am developing crowded field photometry science cases and tools for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) nearby galaxies guest observer investigation team (WINGS, GO-SIT).

From 2014 to 2016, I was a JWST Fellow at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. I received my PhD from the Ohio State Univ Department of Astronomy in 2014, where I worked with Professors Krzysztof Stanek and Christopher Kochanek. In 2008, I graduated from the Columbia University majoring in Astrophysics, where I worked with Professor Szabolcs Marka.

Recently I identified the first-ever extragalactic candidate analogs of the exotic Galactic object Eta Carinae. Previously, I published the first-ever mid-IR stellar catalogs for galaxies at >1Mpc, explored the potential relation between certain SN Ia progenitor mechanism and their host galaxies, and investigated ways to enhance gravitational-wave burst searches using data-clustering techniques. I specialize in crowded-field photometry and multi-wavelength astrometry of Hubble / Spitzer / and Herschel space-telescope data.