My name is Yuhan Yao (姚雨含). I’m a fifth-year graduate student in Astronomy at Caltech. My advisors are Shri Kulkarni and Fiona Harrison. Before coming to Caltech, I was an undergraduate at Peking University (B.S., astronomy, 2018).

My research is focused on time domain astronomy and observational high energy astrophysics. I am part of the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) and NuSTAR teams. In the past, I have worked on supernovae, X-ray binaries, and stars. For my PhD thesis, I explore the dynamic sky using ZTF, Keck and Palomar telescopes, and many high energy X-ray missions (XMM-Newton, Swift, NuSTAR, Chandra, NICER, SRG), with the goal of understanding the accretion and jet physics of tidal disruption events (TDEs) and stellar explosions with intensive end-of-life mass-loss.

I go by “she/her” pronouns. I’m happy to talk anytime with students interested in working on a research project.

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