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Edo Berger

Center for Astrophysics
Professor of Astronomy


I am a Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. With my students and postdoctoral fellows, we research a wide range of explosive astrophysical phenomena, including gravitational-wave events, gamma-ray bursts, tidal disruption events, super-luminous supernovae, and other optical transients, as well as magnetic activity in brown dwarfs and exoplanets. We use observations across the electromagnetic spectrum - from radio to γ-rays - utilizing observatories around the world and in space. We also work on the development of machine learning approaches to the classification of transients.

I was previously a joint Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2007) and Carnegie-Princeton Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-2008) at the Carnegie Observatories and Princeton University.

I received a PhD in Astrophysics from Caltech in 2004, with a thesis focused on multi-wavelength studies of gamma-ray bursts, their host galaxies, and type Ib/c core-collapse supernovae.

PhD: California Institute of Technology