Welcome to Monika Soraisam's Webpage

I am presently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Department of Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests are in the field of stellar and galactic astrophysics. I work with data from time-domain astronomical surveys to make a systematic study of the populations of variable stars and transient events in nearby galaxies, and to test existing theoretical models against these observations. Another part of my work is engulfed in the development of the ANTARES alert-broker. Driven by the barrage of data with present time-domain surveys and the expected surge with upcoming surveys, particularly LSST, my collaborators and I are designing and implementing effective and efficient algorithms to data-mine for novel events.

Research and Education

Oct 2019 - present
Illinois Survey Science Fellow, NCSA/University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana.
Sep 2016 - Sep 2019
Postdoctoral research associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Tucson.
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016
Postdoctoral scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching.
Sep 2012 - May 2016
IMPRS PhD fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Garching.
2010 - 2012
Master of Science in Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
2007 - 2010
Bachelor of Science with honours in Physics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi.


My publications can be found here.


Department of Astronomy
1002 W. Green St., Rm. 215
Urbana, IL 61801
e-mail: soraisam@illinois.edu