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Katiya Fosdick is pictured in front of an interesting high-redshift galaxy cluster from the HST SNAP sample

Katiya Fosdick

Astrophysics Ph.D. Student


I am a second-year graduate student at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research working with Prof. Mike McDonald.


I am motivated to understand how galaxy-rich structures evolve from small, actively-evolving galaxy groups to massive, dynamically-relaxed galaxy clusters through the evolution of galaxies inside these structures. I have historically used the brightest galaxies in groups and clusters, brightest cluster galaxies (BCGs), to classify the dynamical ages of galaxy clusters.


My research interests include galaxy evolution and formation, BCG evolution, and the relationships between galaxy properties and their environments. I am excited by interactions and processes that fundamentally change galaxies and the clusters in which they reside. 

In my free time, I like singing opera and collecting and restoring antiques. 

Contact Information

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research

70 Vassar Street

Office 602

Cambridge, MA, 02139

(608) 575-3183

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