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Karan Jani Astrophysicist | LIGO Scientist



Karan Jani Astrophysicist | LIGO Scientist

प्रणाम! I'm a doctoral researcher in astrophysics at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a scientist in the gravitational-wave experiment LIGO. I'm also a research fellow on national security, with an active involvement in education policy. The Forbes Magazine listed me in their 2017 list of global influential personalities. 

My primary research focus is to understand the black holes in our universe, and test Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. I was part of the LIGO team which detected the first gravitational waves, and a co-recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, American Physical Society Distinguished Student Award and Vanderbilt University Prize.

I held the Sam Nunn Fellowship in National Security, and currently serve as the Vice-President of the Graduate Student Body at Georgia Institute of Technology.   

I often write about 'science & society' in major news outlets, and actively engage with schools & universities in India to enhance science education. And, I very much look forward to collaborate with students from all disciplines, academicians and artists. 


 about my pondering on Black Holes, Gravity, Education Policy and ongoing initiatives through...


recent ACtivities


recent ACtivities

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Ph.D. Physics, M.S. Physics, Minor International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2012-2017
Thesis: "Journey of Binary Black Holes: From Supercomputers to LIGO to Universe"

B.S. Physics, B.S Astronomy-Astrophysics, Minor Mathematics
Pennsylvania State University, USA, 2007-2011
Project: "Orbital Configuration of LISA-like Space-Based Gravitational Wave Detectors"

B.Sc Physics (F.Y)
Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2006-2007

Gujarat State Higher Education Board
Shreyas Vidyalaya, India, 2006


Research HISTORY

Doctoral Researcher 
Center For Relativistic Astrophysics,
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Resident Fellow 
LIGO Livingston Observatory
California Institute of Technology, USA

Sam Nunn Fellow 
Center for International Strategy, Technology and Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology, USA

Research Assistant
Institute for Gravitation and Cosmos
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Research Intern
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Waterloo, Canada

Research Intern
Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics
(Albert Einstein Institute)
Potsdam, Germany

Major Awards

Forbes 30 Under 30
2017 List of Influential Global Personalities   

Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics,
Co-Recipient as part of LIGO Scientific Collaboration
for Detection of Gravitational Waves, 2016

National Security Fellowship,
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, 2015

Distinguished Student Travel Award,
American Physical Society & Forum of International Physics, 2015

Student Visitation Award,
Indo-US Science & Technology Forum, 2013

Vanderbilt University Prize,
Undergraduate Research in Physics & Astronomy, National finalist , 2009

First Prize in Physical Sciences,
Research Exhibition, Pennsylvania State University, 2009

Marsh W. White Outreach Award, American Physical Society, 2009