TGF Fellows 2022

Kunyang Li is doing research on the electromagnetic and gravitational signatures of massive black hole binaries in merger galaxies. “I am very honoured to be selected for the Gruber Fellowship. I am grateful to the IAU and the Gruber Foundation for recognising and supporting my research. I would also like to thank my mentors, family, and colleagues for their consistent guidance. This Fellowship will support my research into massive black hole binaries, the results of which will improve our understanding of the co-evolution between massive black holes and galaxies and will advance our exploration of their cosmic origin. The Gruber Fellowship will also allow me to promote women in astrophysics, form new collaborations and inspire younger generations.”

Kunyang Li

Itai Linial is studying stellar explosions and the orbits of stars near supermassive black holes, having previously developed new ways to process signals from exoplanets. “I am sincerely honoured and grateful to The Gruber Foundation and the IAU for deciding to support my research endeavours through this prestigious fellowship. The Gruber Fellowship Program will allow me to strengthen my international scientific collaborations and cultivate new connections with other researchers and institutions. I am extremely excited about the new research opportunities that will be facilitated through this generous award.”

Itai Linial


Piyush Sharda is researching the role of metals in tracing multi-scale structure formation in galaxies in the early Universe. “I am deeply honoured to receive an IAU TGF award for 2022. I thank the Selection Committee for their hard work, and the IAU and the Gruber Foundation for supporting and inspiring young astronomers to do cutting-edge research. This Fellowship will enable me to develop new collaborations, visit peers and engage in lively in-person scientific discourse that has not been possible in the last few years due to COVID-19. It will boost my scientific career while simultaneously producing useful research to advance our understanding of how metals act as nature's tracers of structure formation in galaxies.”

Piyush Sharda


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