I'm an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University working with Meg Urry's research group. My main research interests are studying accreting supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies (i.e., active galactic nuclei, or AGN) and investigating the interplay between AGN activity and host galaxy star formation. I utilize X-ray, infrared and optical data to approach these research questions from a multi-wavelength perspective.
I received my BA in astronomy and physics at Boston University, graduating magna cum laude with distinction, in 2003. I then worked as a Mission Planner for the Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. In 2006, I began graduate school at The Johns Hopkins University, receiving my MA in 2008 and defending my PhD thesis in July 2011. My dissertation, Uncovering Hidden Black Holes: Obscured AGN and Their Relationship to the Host Galaxy, was directed under the supervision of Prof. Tim Heckman and Dr. Andy Ptak. In August 2011, I started my post-doc position at the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics. For more details, see my CV and publication list. I can be contacted at stephanie.lamassa"at"yale.edu.
I run the Connecticut chapter of Astronomy on Tap which features professional astronomers giving fun, engaging talks in a bar, because "science is even better with beer." Check out our awesome press-coverage from The New Haven Independent here and here. For details about future CT events, follow twitter.com/AstroOnTapCT and facebook.com/AstronomyOnTap. You can also join the email list by sending an email to AstroOnTapCT"at"gmail.com; to learn about Astronomy on Tap events world-wide, sign-up for the newsletter at astronomyontap.org