Associate Professor Sijing Shen

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Affiliation: Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo


Research interest

  • Numerical simulations of galaxy formation and evolution; 
  • Interactions between galaxies and the intergalactic medium, galactic winds; 
  • Physics of the interstellar medium, star formation and supernova explosions; 
  • Active galactic nuclei and the co-evolution of supermassive black holes and galaxies; 
  • Origins of magnetic fields in galaxies and their dynamic impact on galaxy evolution; 
  • High performance computing, numerical magnetohydrodynamics, numerical radiative transfer

Short bio

I obtained my PhD in Astrophysics at McMaster University, Canada in 2010.  From 2010-2014, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. And from 2014-2016, I was a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. I joined the University of Oslo as an Associate Professor from 2017, and was the first female faculty member in astrophysics in Norway. I was recently awarded the Young Research Talents Grant from the Research Council of Norway, and I currently supervise 2 PhD students and 1 postdoctoral fellow.

My research is focused on numerical simulations of galaxy formation in a cosmological context, and how star formation and supermassive black holes can have profound impact on galaxies. Together with my collaborators at leading institutions worldwide, I develop and utilize massively parallel magneto-hydrodynamic codes to harness the power of next generation supercomputers, and produce state-of-the-art “virtual Universe” to confront with observations.  

Supervisor for the following CompSci project

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