Dr. Barry Rothberg

barry-rothbergBarry Rothberg obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2004. His Ph.D. dissertation focused on using near-infrared imaging and optical spectroscopy to study the dynamics of merging galaxies in the local Universe. In 2005 he joined Space Telescope Science Institute as a postdoctoral fellow to work on young star clusters in merging galaxies. In 2007 Dr. Rothberg was awarded a National Research Council Fellowship at the Naval Research Laboratory where he worked with Dr. Jacqueline Fischer to unravel why some galaxies appeared to have dramatically different masses depending on the wavelength of light used to observe them. In 2011 Dr. Rothberg rejoined Space Telescope to provide support for the slitless grism mode on the the Wide Field Camera 3 aboard the Hubble Telescope. In 2012 he joined the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics (AIP) as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow and Support Astronomer for the institute’s share of the Large Binocular Telescope located on Mount Graham in Arizona. Dr. Rothberg continues to work on the properties of merging galaxies in the local Universe and has expanded this work to investigate similar systems at earlier epochs (as far back as 8 Billion lightyears). He is also working with Dr. Pirzkal at Space Telescope Science Institute to apply more robust statistical methods to detecting and measuring the properties of galaxies formed within a few hundred million years after the Big Bang. Dr. Rothberg is currently working with Dr. Satyapal and graduate student Nathan Secrest at GMU to study the properties of unusual low-mass galaxies in the local Universe which host massive black holes but do not appear to fit into the standard paradigm of how galaxies with massive black holes form.