About Me

Hi! I'm Craig Pellegrino, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Virginia. I study supernovae and the ways in which stars evolve during their final years before exploding. I'm particularly interested in finding rare and unusual classes of supernovae to better understand the nature of their progenitor stars. Much of my work falls within the intersection of time-domain astronomy, software development, and data science; I'm interested in every step of the scientific process, from developing software to filter the exponentially-increasing volumes of transient data to finding potential targets of interest to observe and analyzing the final results.

Before I started as a postdoctoral researcher I graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara, with a PhD in physics (astrophysics emphasis) in 2023. While at UC Santa Barbara I was advised by Dr. Andy Howell and worked closely with Las Cumbres Observatory. Before that, I graduated with honors from Vassar College in 2018, where I double majored in physics and astronomy.

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Research Interests

I'm an observational astronomer working in Professor Maryam Modjaz's group at the University of Virginia. My research focuses on transients such as supernovae and electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational wave sources. Studying these phenomena, nicknamed "stellar forensics", allows us to better understand the way stars evolve and ultimately die. In particular, I focus on rare and unusual types of supernovae that reveal previously-unknown stages of stellar evolution or different mechanisms through which stars shed their outer layers before exploding. Click below to check out some of my specific research projects:

Software Projects

Along with research, I'm actively involved in developing software to enable the science being done by several large collaborations. Click below for some of these projects:

I am also a developer of several data reduction pipelines, including lcogtsnpipe, a pipeline to process Las Cumbres Observatory images for the Global Supernova Project, as well as floyds_pipeline, which reduces spectra obtained using the FLOYDS spectrographs.


First Author Publications:

As well as 63 nth-author publications and 260 transient classification reports or circulars (43 as first author)

Contact Me

Craig Pellegrino

Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia