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I am a an assistant research scientist at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University, where I am part of Prof. Maryam Modjaz's SNYU group. I am also a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

I am interested in figuring out which stars explode as different types of supernovae by using observations of the supernovae and the galaxies in which they explode. In my PhD thesis, completed in 2013 under the supervision of Profs. Dan Maoz (TAU) and Michael Shara (AMNH), I measured the rates at which thermonuclear, or Type Ia, supernovae exploded in three surveys that used both imaging and spectroscopy.

In 2012, my thesis was one of 12 animated by Jorge Cham of
PhD Comics:

Besides research, I take part in public outreach. I am a AAS Astronomy Ambassador and a mentor in the Science Research Mentoring Program at the American Museum of Natural History.

In my free time, I write fiction, in Hebrew and English, and read as much as I can. I am also interested in the history, politics, and culture of ancient Rome, political science, and experiencing the world by living somewhere else every once in a while.


Discovering Supernovae in Galaxy Spectra
Supernovae can be discovered in large-scale spectroscopic galaxy surveys, where in some galaxies a supernova will serendipitously explode in the area covered by the spectral aperture.

  • The rates of Type Ia supernovae in SDSS DR7 galaxy spectra: Graur & Maoz (2013) (full tables and figures; September 2012 Garching poster)
  • Explaining Correlations between Supernova Rates and Galaxy Properties: Graur, Bianco, & Modjaz (2015)

  • Measuring Supernova Rates in Volumetric Supernova Surveys
    CLASH, CANDELS, and the Frontier Fields: optical and near-IR supernova surveys (summary poster from Australia 2014)

  • CLASH Type Ia supernova rates: Graur et al. (2014)
  • CANDELS Type Ia supernova rates: Rodney et al. (2014)
  • Three strongly-lensed supernovae in CLASH: Pate et al. (2014)

  • A Survey for Supernovae in the Subaru Deep Field

  • Final results: Graur et al. (2011) (full tables and figures; January 2012 AAS poster)
  • Discovery of a polar-ring galaxy in the Subaru Deep Field: Finkelman, Graur & Brosch (2011)
  • Initial results: Poznanski et al. (2007)

  • Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Supernovae
  • Constraining the progenitor of SN2011fe with HeII observations: Graur, Maoz, & Shara (2014)

  • Statistics and Data Analysis
    Data Analysis for 1st-Year Undergraduate Physics Lab

    A Statistics Handbook (In Hebrew)

    Course Summaries

    Feel free to download the following summaries from my B.Sc. in Physics,
    but be advised they are all in Hebrew.
    1st year | 2nd year | 3rd year


  • Astrophysics, Tel Aviv University
  • Astrophysics, American Museum of Natural History
  • Wise Observatory
  • Subaru Telescope
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day
  • Dovi Poznanski
  • Assaf Horesh
  • Benny Trakhtenbrot
  • Dan Graur


    Webpage designed with the kind help of Keren Sharon.

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