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name pronunciation: AYkh-dhaa PUH-tell


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pronouns: she/her/hers

I was born and raised in Northeastern and Central New Jersey. I received my Bachelor's degree in Physics from New York University in 2014. I then completed my Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Arizona in 2019 under the mentorship of Professor Gurtina Besla. My thesis work focused on combining high-precision astrometric data with simulated data from cosmological simulations to explore the dynamics of satellite galaxies around the Milky Way and Andromeda. I am a member of the TiNy Titans (TNT) collaboration and the HSTPROMO collaboration.


From August 2019-2022, I was a Miller Fellow at the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley. I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley.

Ekta Patel, astronomy

June 2018: American Astronomical Society Meeting Press Conference (Denver, CO)



near-field cosmology

satellite galaxies

dwarf galaxies

computational astrophysics


2014 - 2019

University of Arizona

Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics

2014 - 2017

University of Arizona

M.S. in Astronomy

2010 - 2014

New York University

B.A. in Physics

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Outside of astronomy, you can find me hanging out with my husband, our dogs, in the gym, or cooking.

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