Michael Bottom

Department of Astronomy
California Institute of Technology
1200 E California Blvd, M.C. 249-17
Pasadena, CA, 91125
(626) 395 4987
(first initial)(last name)@caltech.edu


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I am a fifth-year graduate student in astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology, jointly advised by Shri Kulkarni and John Johnson. My research interests are the detection and characterization of extrasolar planets and their host stars, and I pursue these goals primarily by building, developing, and using new instruments. I am supported by a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship.

I received BAs in physics and mathematics from Columbia University in 2008, and worked at a hedge fund as a professional stock trader for the following year before returning to scientific research in Amber Miller's CMB group. In 2010 I began graduate studies in astrophysics at Caltech.

Aside from astrophysics, I am interested in optics, electronics, and programming.