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Akshay Suresh

Graduate Student, Astronomy & Space Sciences


As of June 2018, I am a second-year astronomy graduate student. Before arriving at Cornell, I received a BS-MS dual degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune, India. About my research interests, I am observationally oriented, and use multi-wavelength data (with emphasis on radio observations) to study transient phenomena.

During my undergraduate days, I studied solar radio transients under the mentorship of Divya Oberoi (NCRA-TIFR, Pune, India). The data analyzed in this work were gathered using the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia.

During my first year of graduate study, I have been working with Prof. James Cordes. My focus is now directed towards exploring other classes of radio transients. These include the currently hot topic of fast radio bursts, pulsars, and SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) signals (Breakthrough Listen project). I am also particularly excited about the ongoing hunt for radio emission from exoplanets.

Outside of academics, I enjoy playing cricket and badminton. I am an avid anime follower too.


  • Astronomy
  • Carl Sagan Institute

Graduate Fields

  • Astronomy and Space Sciences


Advisor: Professor James Cordes


1.     Suresh, A., Sharma, R., Oberoi, D., et al. 2017, ApJ, 843, 19