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About Vivian

I am an observational extragalactic astronomer with broad research interests in the field of galaxy evolution. As a galaxy+AGN enthusiast, I believe it is important to understand how galaxies, the basic building block of the universe, have evolved since the beginning of time. And since supermassive black holes, sitting in the center of all massive galaxies, seem to play such an important role in their hosts' lives, the detailed interface between them are as much a driving force of galaxy evolution as they are of my research. The astrophysics of massive black hole mergers and its relation to gravitational waves just make icing on my research cake!

Professional Appointments

2018-Present: Assistant Project Scientist, UC Irvine
2017-2018: Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Irvine
2015-2017: University of California Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow, UC Riverside/Irvine
2012-2014: Thirty Meter Telescope Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Riverside


Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2012
M.S., Astronomy, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2008
B.S., Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, 2006

Publications and Curriculum Vitae

My publications on ADS and arXiv
My CV in pdf format: cv_vu.pdf



Department of Physics and Astronomy
4129 Frederick Reines Hall
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697

vivianu [at] uci [dot] edu

Office: FRH 2154
Twitter: @justtheletteru
ORCID: 0000-0002-1912-0024