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Rhaana Starling

Dr Rhaana Starling

Dr Rhaana Starling


Rhaana is a lecturer in observational astrophysics at the University of Leicester.

Rhaana studied at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Massachusetts, USA and the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Her thesis explored the flow of matter onto supermassive black holes at the centre of active galaxies, primarily using X-ray observations from the then recently launched XMM-Newton satellite. Rhaana continued her astronomy research with a focus on explosive transients in the Universe (such as gamma-ray bursts) at the University of Amsterdam, and in 2006 moved to Leicester, joining the UK centre for the X-ray Telescope team on the top-ranked NASA Swift mission.

In 2011 Rhaana was awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to further her study of the physics of black holes and jets out to the far Universe through the discovery of new gamma-ray bursts and supernovae, and subsequently joined the academic staff at the University of Leicester.


Diversity CommitteeJune 2015 - December 2016Member
International Exchanges CommitteeJanuary 2014 - December 2019Member
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