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I am a JINA-CEE postdoc researcher. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in physics from the Lebanese university in Beirut, Lebanon in 2008. In 2012, I got my masters degree in Astrophysics from Notre Dame University (NDU) and Université de Saint Joseph in Lebanon (USJ). I was the first student to graduate from this new joint astrophysics program at the time. I obtained a joint graduate fellowship between the University of Montpellier and CNRS-Lebanon in 2012, and I got my PhD degree from the Laboratoire Univers et Particules de Montpellier (LUPM) at the Université de Montpellier in Montpellier, France on December 2015. My PhD thesis was co-supervised by Bertrand Plez from LUPM and Marwan Gebran from NDU.
During my PhD, I worked on determining high precision iron abundances by accurately modeling stellar spectra of cool stars using non-Local Thermodynamic Equilibrium (non-LTE) approach. I worked on proposing a new method to estimate the inelastic hydrogen collisional rates with iron in the lack of quantum calculations. At MIT, I will continue working on determining accurate abundances of r-process elements in metal-poor stars in the Milky way and dwarf galaxies. This would help us better understand their chemical evolution and eventually untangle the formation processes of the Milky Way.
2008, Bachelor's degree in Physics, Lebanese University, Beirut, Lebanon; 2012, Masters degree in Astrophysics, Notre Dame University (NDU) and Université de Saint Joseph, Lebanon (USJ); 2015, Laboratoire Univers et Particules de Montpellier (LUPM) at the Université de Montpellier in Montpellier, France.