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Michael Medford

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Michael Medford
Graduate Student
Phone: +1 973 600 0340

Michael Medford is a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley since 2015. He received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 2011 in both physics and theatre, and spent several years as a working actor and physics teacher in Chicago. Michael enjoys bringing massively parallel processes to bear on cutting edge astronomical problems. He has executed the largest-to-date search for the elusive Planet Nine with a newly developed wide sky shift-and-add method run on Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) data. Currently Michael is constraining the dark matter mass fraction in the Milky Way by attempting a direct detection of stellar mass and intermediate mass black holes. He does this through detecting microlensing events in the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) survey with forward model photometry and novel alert stream filters. Such detections will give us a better understanding of the distribution of mass/energy in the universe and help constrain cosmological models of dark matter halo evolution.