Dr. Cabero Müller receives 2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize

March 23, 2021
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Dr. Miriam Cabero Müller

Congratulations to PHAS Postdoc Dr. Miriam Cabero Müller, who is receiving the 2020 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize

The Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize is awarded annually for excellence in research. Established in 2011, the Killam PDF Prize is in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam trusts. Two prizes in the amount of $5,000 each are awarded to fulltime Postdoctoral Fellows at UBC in recognition of outstanding research and scholarly contributions while at UBC.

Miriam is recognized for her work in developing a new machine learning approach to distinguish between gravitational wave (GW) signals and detector noise. "This revolutionizes multi-messenger astrophysics by increasing the discovery likelihood of kilonova GW-counterparts, unlocking the origin of heavy elements, the rate of expansion of the Universe, and the physics of extremely dense matter," according to her award citation. Miriam is a member of Dr. Jess McIver's Gravitational Wave Astrophysics Research Group.

In addition to her research achievement, Miriam is also known for her equity and inclusion work in the department; she is currently the Equity and Inclusion in PHAS Coordinator. She has also served as the VP Operations (2020 - 2021) for the UBC Postdoctoral Association.

"Receiving the Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize is a great honour and I am extremely grateful for this recognition," said Miriam. "This prestigious award is an inspiring achievement for my research that will expand my career opportunities in Canada. It is encouraging that my work has been selected as a highlight of outstanding research at UBC and it provides a much needed confidence boost."

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