Fatima Abdurrahman

Fatima is a third year PhD student in the UC Berkeley Department of Astronomy. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with degrees in physics, astronomy, and Arabic studies. Over the years, her research has spanned the spectrum of astronomical subjects and techniques, from observational studies of black holes and active galactical nucleii, to numerical simulations of dust dynamics in the Pluto-Charon system, as well as work in instrumentation and physics/astronomy education. Currently, she works on two fronts: ground layer adaptive optics, and gravitational microlensing, both with her research advisor Dr. Jessica Lu. In addition to her research, Fatima enjoys science communication, and tries to be involved in public science talks and events whenever she has the chance.