About Me

I am an astronomer living and working in Santiago, Chile at the Instituto de Astrofísica — Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. My primary research interest is optical observations of the companions of millisecond pulsars. I also have been lately interested in modeling the features we see in the population of binary neutron stars, especially with regards to questions of the formation of the systems, how they evolve over time, and why we see the different kinds of binary systems that we do. I work with the ANSWERS Group who include many different scientists studying the properties of neutron stars.

I am funded through a FONDECYT Postdoctoral Fellowship and have done observations at Las Campanas Observatory, Cerro-Tololo Inter-American Observatory, and La Silla Observatory. I received my PhD in Astronomy at Columbia University in 2014, and also worked as a Predoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where I was also been a visitor for the last two summers conducting research at its Institute for Theory and Computation.

I am passionate about education at all levels and I have taught physics, astronomy, and data analysis as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Physics at Saint Lawrence University in Canton, New York and as an Instructor of Physical Science at Harold Washington College in Chicago, Illinois.

© Joshua Tan 2016