I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Lund Observatory, (Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University) in Sweden. Broadly, my research is centered on black holes, formation of compact object binaries, gravitational wave sources, and the dynamical evolution of dense stellar systems like globular clusters and nuclear stellar clusters. At Lund, I work with Prof. Melvyn Davies and Dr. Ross Church.
I completed my PhD at the end of May 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Mirek Giersz at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. During my PhD studies, my research work focused on understanding the dynamical evolution of globular clusters and on investigating their populations of compact objects and exotic binary systems using Monte Carlo (the MOCCA code) and N-body simulation codes.
I am originally from Lahore, Pakistan where I completed my higher secondary education in 2006. In Fall 2006, I moved to Utrecht in the Netherlands where I received a scholarship to study at University College Utrecht (UCU) of Utrecht University. In 2009, I graduated from UCU with a double-major in natural sciences (math, physics and astronomy) and humanities (philosophy, religious studies and history). Following UCU, I briefly spent a semester in 2010 studying philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City. Starting in fall 2010, I was selected for the Erasmus Mundus programme called “Astromundus”, this was a 2 year masters in astronomy and astrophysics offered by a consortium of 5 universities. During this masters course I studied at the universities of Innsbruck (Austria), Padova (Italy) and Belgrade (Serbia). In November 2013, I moved to Warsaw, Poland to start my PhD at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center.