Multi-messenger astronomy, characterization of large-scale physics instrumentation, data science, machine learning, black holes, neutron stars, core-collapse supernovae
The gravitational waves astrophysics group at UBC is a leader in international LIGO detector characterization and data calibration efforts; both foundational to astrophysics results. Working with the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, we contribute to searches for gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars and estimation of the properties of gravitational wave sources like merging black holes and neutron stars. We also develop novel methods to enable multi-messenger astrophysics with the LIGO, Virgo, KAGRA, and LISA gravitational-wave detectors.
Jess has been a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration since 2007 and an associate member of the LISA Consortium since 2017.