Banafsheh Beheshtipour

Banafsheh Beheshtipour

Postdoctoral Research Associate
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis
MA, Washington University in St. Louis
MSc, Sharif University of Technology
BSc, Sharif University of Technology
research interests:
  • High energy astrophysics
  • Experimental astrophysics
  • X-ray optics
  • Detector developments
  • Black holes and their surroundings
  • Continuous gravitational wave physics
  • Deep learning networks
  • Data analysis techniques
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contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
  • MSC 1105-109-02
  • One Brookings Drive
  • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Dr. Beheshtipour's interests lie in probing astrophysical phenomena and compact objects such as black holes and neutron stars.

She is currently involved in developing adjustable X-ray mirrors for future X-ray missions. Previously, she searched for continuous gravitational waves using LIGO observational data and implemented a deep learning network to improve the search. During her Ph.D., she simulated black holes' X-ray energy and polarization spectra of their inner accretion flow and coronal emission. Dr. Beheshtipour also was part of the X-Calibur mission and worked on X-ray polarization detector developments and electronic readout packages.

Professional history:

2022-Present  Postdoctoral research associate at Washington University in St. Louis
2018-2022  Postdoctoral research associate at Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (AEI) 
2013-2018  Ph.D. in physics from Washington University in St. Louis
2011-2013  M.Sc. in physics from Sharif University of Technology
2007-2011  B.Sc. in physics from Sharif University of Technology