I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in astrophysics and observational cosmology at the Weizmann Institute of Science and a Ilan Ramon fellow.
Before completing my PhD at University College London (UCL), in the astrophysics group, I graduated from the Ecole Normale Superieure (France), and took part in several research projects in the BIPAC institute at University of Oxford (UK), the Alcator C-mod project at MIT (Massachussetts, USA), and the seismology group at the Midi-Pyrenees Observatory (France).
Currently, my main scientific interests are related to "transients" science. "Transients" are short and often violent deep sky astrophysical phenomena that happen on timescales of seconds to years. I am actively involved in the Zwicky Transient Facility, a new time-domain survey that had first light at Palomar Observatory in 2017. I also serve as assistant Project Scientist of the ULTRASAT mission, a scientific satellite aimed at capturing signals from gravitational waves and supernovae. Recently I have been interested in "interacting Supernovae", a class of Supernovae that explode in thick clouds of gas, which - in spite of masking the stellar explosion to us - may reveal some of its most important secrets (Soumagnac et al., 2018).
I am also interested in large astronomical surveys, in what we can learn from them (e.g. using the Baryon Acoustic Oscillations probe - Soumagnac, Barkana, Sabiu et al. 2016, Soumagnac, Sabiu, Barkana et al. 2018) and in developing tools to investigate large astronomical datasets (e.g. star-galaxy classification with machine learning for the Dark Energy Survey - Soumagnac et al., 2013, cross matching large astronomical catalogs - Soumagnac & Ofek, 2018)