Inside a Scientist's Suitcase About Us

Prof. Kim-Vy Tran

Kim-Vy Tran Prof. Tran received a PhD in Astronomy in 2002 at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her research focuses on how galaxies form and evolve. To study the properties of galaxies over cosmic time, Dr. Tran combines observations from space-based facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope with observations from ground-based facilities such as the Magellan (Chile) and the Keck (Hawaii) telescopes. She and her research team connect observations of galaxies in the distant universe to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way formed. In addition, she is the creator of "Inside a Scientist's Suitcase," an NSF-funded education/public outreach project that profiles scientists and the clothes and gadgets they carry when they travel. Find out more about Dr. Tran's research.

Prof. Helmut G. Katzgraber

Helmut Katzgraber Prof. Katzgraber was born in Lima, Peru and is Austrian citizen. After growing up in Lima and completing military duties in the Austrian army, he studied physics at ETH Zurich. He received his PhD in Physics in 2001 at the University of California Santa Cruz. In 2007 he was awarded a Swiss National Science Foundation professorship and in 2009 he joined TAMU and holds the rank of professor. His main research fields in computational physics are the investigation of disordered and complex systems, as well as the study of problems related to novel computing paradigms. Find out more about Dr. Katzgraber's research.

Prof. Jarita Holbrook

Jarita Holbrook Prof. Holbrook is a AAAS Fellow. She received her degree in 1997 from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Holbrook has traveled to Africa and the South Pacific to document celestial navigation techniques there and how new technologies have modified those techniques. Find out more about Dr. Holbrook's research.