Joey Neilsen

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research


Hello, and welcome to my website!

I am a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Until December 2014, I was an Einstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Astrophysical Research in the Boston University Astronomy Department, and before that I was a Chandra HETG postdoc here at MKI. I spend most of my time thinking about X-ray, radio, and infrared observations of black holes and neutron stars in the Milky Way galaxy. I am particularly interested in X-ray spectral variability.

In April 2011, I defended my PhD at Harvard, where I was a graduate student of Professor Julia Lee. In my thesis, I focused primarily on using high-resolution X-ray spectra to understand the bizarre behavior of a stellar-mass black hole called GRS 1915+105. See my research, publication, and press pages for more details of my current and previous work!

Here you can find information about my current and past research, my published papers, some of my most exciting results from the past few years, and how to find me! Note that all content reflects my views and not those of Boston University or MIT.