At Steward Observatory, I work with George Rieke and the James Webb Space Telescope MIRI and NIRCam science teams.
I was born and raised in Tehran, capital of Iran, the city that never sleeps (seriously!) and has four seasons throughout the year, including snow in winter (yes, not all of Iran is a desert!). I got my Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Tehran in 2011, and moved to the US to continue my graduate studies. At the University of California at Riverside, I received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics in September 2017 (advisor: Naveen Reddy).
My research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution. More specifically, I study star formation and dust properties of galaxies that are about 8 to 11 billion years ago (z~1-3). I use data from ground-based observatories, including Keck and LBT, as well as space-based telescopes, such as Hubble, Spitzer, and Herschel. Aside from research, I am very proud of the two astronomy outreach initiatives that I started: Staryab educational astronomy website in Persian, and the MESCIT mentorship program. Click on the links on the right to learn more about what I do!
Other than research and outreach, I love reading and traveling to experience different cultures and explore the wonders of our planet, like Antarctica! Check out my Instagram page!
Work: +1 (520) 621 6528
Office 278, Steward Observatory, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
* I am often asked how my last name is pronounced. My last name (Shivaei) is Persian; it means “eloquence”, and is pronounced as:
/ʃi:’vɑ:i:/ (If you are not familiar with pronunciation symbols, check this webpage)