Associate Professor, Chair of the Astronomy Department
Office: CAS 515
Research Interests: Theoretical astrophysics; cosmology; computational astrophysics; galaxy formation & evolution; astrophysical applications of gravitational lensing.
Education: BSc, University of Alberta (Canada)
PhD, The Ohio State University
Professor Brainerd is the Chair of the Astronomy Department.
Professor Brainerd received her PhD in Astronomy from The Ohio State University in 1992. Her PhD dissertation research focused on the use of computer simulations to constrain the growth of dark matter structure in the universe. Professor Brainerd did postdoctoral work at Caltech from 1992 to 1994 and at Los Alamos National Lab from 1994 to 1995. Professor Brainerd joined the faculty of Boston University in 1995. She is best known for her work on weak gravitational lensing, faint galaxy clustering, and the locations of satellite galaxies relative to their hosts. Her most recent work involves measuring the degree to which galaxies are intrinsically aligned with each other over large scales in the universe.
Personal Webpage: http://people.bu.edu/brainerd/
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