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Emily Leiner

Emily Leiner

Leiner, Emily

Visiting Scholar; Teaching Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology


Dr. Emily Leiner was a CIERA Postdoc 2018 – 2022.

Following her time at CIERA, Dr. Leiner became a Teaching Assistant Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. She maintains an affiliation with CIERA as a visiting scholar.

Emily is a National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Exploration in Astrophysics (CIERA) at Northwestern University. Previously she was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin– Madison working with Prof. Robert Mathieu. She completed her PhD in June 2018. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked in education and public outreach at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL. She did her undergraduate work at Wesleyan University, receiving a BA in Astronomy in 2010. There she completed a senior thesis with Prof. Seth Redfield on transiting exoplanets.

She is a binary star enthusiast with interests that include stellar and binary evolution modeling, the physics of mass transfer, asteroseismology, stellar angular momentum evolution, and observational studies of star clusters. Her work uses data from the WIYN Open Cluster Study and Kepler/K2. Her PhD work focused on the open cluster M67, using rotation, asteroseismology, and radial velocity observations to better understand the post-mass-transfer binary population.