NASA Sagan Fellow at the University of Chicago
jbergner [at] uchicago.edu
I study chemistry in protostars and protoplanetary disks, the evolutionary progenitors of planetary systems, in order to learn about how volatile/organic material is inherited during the star and planet formation process. I am currently a postdoc at the University of Chicago Department of the Geophysical Sciences. Previously, I completed my PhD at Harvard advised by Karin Öberg.
In my research I use a variety of approaches to explore how molecules are formed and inherited throughout the stages of star formation: millimeter telescope observations of protostars and protoplanetary disks, laboratory experiments of chemistry in astrophysical ice analogs, and simulations of protoplanetary disk chemistry. Read more about my research here!