MICHAEL MCDONALD, Assistant Professor of Physics. Photo courtesy of Brady McCloskey

Michael A. McDonald
Assistant Professor of Physics

EMAIL: mcdonald@space.mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 324-1075

OFFICE: 37-582C

ASSISTANT: Thea Paneth (617) 253-3718


Area of Physics:

Astrophysics - Extragalactic Astrophysics - High Energy Astrophysics - Optical/IR Astronomy - Radio Astronomy

Research Interests

Michael McDonald is an astronomer in the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the most massive gravitationally-bound objects in the Universe: clusters of galaxies. In particular, he is attempting to understand the life cycle of gas, stars, and galaxies in these rich environments, and how highly energetic processes such as supernovae and jets from supermassive black holes can influence the evolution of these systems. This research makes extensive use of both ground- and space-based telescopes at nearly all wavelengths, including (but not limited to) the Magellan and ALMA observatories in Chile, the South Pole Telescope in Antarctica, and the space-borne Chandra and Hubble telescopes. Aside from research, Michael has been involved in the development of the Maryland-Magellan Tunable Filter on the Baade telescope at Magellan and is a member of the Science Working Group for the European Athena X-ray telescope, scheduled to launch in the late 2020s.

Biographical Sketch

Michael McDonald is from Kingston, Ontario in Canada. He graduated from Queen's University in Canada in 2005 with a Bachelors degree in Physics and in 2007 with a Masters of Science under the supervision of Prof. Stephane Courteau. He received a PhD from the University of Maryland in 2011, after working with Prof. Sylvain Veilleux on an emission-line study of giant elliptical galaxies. In 2012, Michael was named a Hubble postdoctoral Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As of July 1, 2015, Michael joins the faculty of the MIT Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor.

Selected Publications

List of publications

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