About Jillian

I am a Bridge Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University in the Physics & Astronomy Department..

I use the SPH+Nbody code Gasoline to study how massive black holes form and grow in a cosmological context. I am interested in seed formation, triggers of black hole growth, wandering black holes, intermediate mass black holes, the co-evolution of black holes and their host galaxies, searching for massive black holes in dwarf galaxies, and making predictions for gravitational wave detectors, because maybe some day there will be some.

I also work closely with the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-Phd Bridge Program, as a mentor to students and a member of the Steering Committee.