Dr. Jielai Zhang

Dr. Jielai Zhang has been a part of the WAISSYA team since the start of preparations for the inaugural summer school held in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2013. She hopes to help WAISSYA build up a community of astronomers and STEM leaders in West Africa, and to create long lasting collaborations with her WAISSYA colleagues for education and research. Her PhD was in astronomy at the University of Toronto. She was part of a small team of four that built a radically new type of telescope, which is 10 times better than any that has preceded it at detecting large but faint galaxies. Her research interests also include time domain and multi-messenger astronomy, and interdisciplinary collaboration with medical imaging and machine learning fields. She is currently a Schmidt Science Fellow at the University of Oxford.