Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

(Photo courtesy Danielle Boudreau)

Full-Time Faculty
Part-Time Faculty
Adjunct Faculty


Grad Students
Full-Time Faculty
Name Position Web Site/Email
Roby Austin Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Science — Curriculum  
Malcolm Butler Professor Contact
Gregory Christian Assistant Professor Contact
Ivana Damjanov Tier II Canada Research Chair, Assistant Professor Contact
Luigi Gallo Professor, Undergraduate and Graduate Program Coordinator Contact
Vincent Henault-Brunet Associate Professor Contact
Rituparna Kanungo Department Chair, Professor Contact
Marcin Sawicki ICA Director, Professor Contact
Ian Short Professor Contact
Rob Thacker Professor Contact
Aldona Wiacek Associate Professor; cross-appointment with  Environmental Science (ENVS) Contact


Part-Time Faculty
Name Position Contact
Jodi Asbell-Clarke Part-time Instructor Contact
Kevin Brown Part-time Instructor Contact
Richard Cisek Part-time Instructor Contact
John Gallant Part-time Instructor Contact
Patrick Kelly Part-time Instructor Contact
Shahideh Kiehbadroudinezhad Part-time Instructor Contact
Doug Pitcairn Part-time Instructor Contact
Cameron Reed Part-time Instructor Contact
Laura Stiles-Clarke Part-time Instructor Contact
Shruti Tripathi Part-time Instructor Contact


Name Position Contact
Robert Deupree Professor Emeritus  
David Guenther Professor Emeritus  
George Mitchell Professor Emeritus  
David Turner Professor Emeritus  
Gary Welch Professor Emeritus  


Adjunct Faculty
Name Position Contact
Friedhelm Ames Adjunct Professor Contact
Phil Bennett Adjunct Professor Contact
Ruohong Li    Adjunct Professor Contact


Name Position Contact
Dr. Adam Gonzalez Studies X-ray emission from active galactic nuclei Contact
Dr. Gael Noirot Studies of galaxy formation and evolution  Contact
Dr. Guillaume Desprez Studies of galaxy formation and evolution Contact
Dr. Jennifer Sanchez Rojo  Experimental nuclear physics - rare isotope studies with radioactive ion beams  
Dr. Michele Pizzardo Studies of galaxy formation and evolution  Contact
Dr. Rinku K. Prajapat Experimental nuclear physics - rare isotope studies with radioactive ion beams  
Dr. Vince Estrada-Carpenter Studies of galaxy formation and evolution  Contact


Name Position Contact
Shannon Rhode Department Assistant - Astronomy/Physics Contact
Tiffany Fields Astronomy Technician Contact
Michael Dunlavy Science Technician - Physics Contact
Dr. Sergiy Khan ACENET Computational Research Consultant Contact
Phil Romkey ACENET Systems Administrator Contact


Graduate Students
Name Position Contact - Shannon Rhode 
Abigail Battson M.Sc. candidate  
Amanda Edwin M.Sc. candidate  
Angelo George M.Sc. candidate  
Aritra Roy Ph.D. candidate  
Benjamin Pottie M.Sc. candidate  
Devin Williams Ph.D. candidate  
Divyang Prajapati Ph.D. candidate  
Emily Smith M.Sc. candidate  
Fraser Smith M.Sc. candidate  
Gabriel Desmarais M.Sc. candidate  
Lingjian (Lejay) Chen Ph.D. candidate  
Margaret Buhariwalla Ph.D. candidate  
Mathieu Cavenaile Ph.D. candidate  
Mukhwinder Singh Ph.D. candidate  
Nikhil Nikhil Ph.D. candidate  
Nolan Dickson Ph.D. candidate  
Peter Smith M.Sc. candidate  
Saurabh Sawant Ph.D. candidate  
Shannon MacFarland M.Sc. candidate  
Sora Ishida M.Sc. candidate  


(Photo courtesy Danielle Boudreau)

                  Astronomy & Applied Science graduate students 2019-2020:

                  Back row: A. George, P. Mungara, D. Blue, O. Workman, M. Hellmich

                  Front row: P. Jassal, A. Gonzalez, L. Chen, M. Buhariwalla, K. Kaur,

                  Missing: M. Cavenaile, M. Singh, P. Subramaniyam




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Department of Astronomy and Physics
Offices: Atrium, 3rd floor, Main Office: AT 319
Mailing address:
Saint Mary's University
Halifax Nova Scotia
B3H 3C3