Vedant Chandra


Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian

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About Me

In September, 2021, I will start my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University.

I recently graduated from the Johns Hopkins University, majoring in Physics and Applied Mathematics with a minor in Space Sciences. I spent the vast majority of my time doing astrophysical research in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, working with Professor Nadia Zakamska and graduate student Hsiang-Chih Hwang. I was also a co-investigator at the Johns Hopkins Human Spaceflight Lab, where we ran human trials to evaluate the effects of long-term spaceflight. From 2020-2021, I was employed part-time at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where I developed tools to study star formation in nearby galaxies using space observatories like the Hubble Space Telescope.


I’m interested in a wide range of research topics, a by-product of being easily distracted as a young child. I particularly enjoy working with large datasets, teasing out answers to astrophysical problems with novel statistical techniques. You can find an overview of my work on my research page.


List of all publications on NASA ADS or Google Scholar.

Lead Author

  1. Chandra, V., Schlaufman K.C. 2021, Searching for Low-mass Population III Stars Disguised as Cool White Dwarfs, AJ, 161, 197
  2. Chandra, V., Hwang, H.-C., Zakamska, N.L., Cheng, S. 2020, A Gravitational Redshift Measurement of the White Dwarf Mass-Radius Relation, ApJ, 899, 146
  3. Chandra, V., Hwang, H.-C., Zakamska, N.L., Budavári, T. 2020, Computational Tools for the Spectroscopic Analysis of White Dwarfs, MNRAS, 497, 2688


  1. Petrosky, E., Hwang, H.C., Zakamska, N.L., Chandra, V., Hill, M. 2021, Variables, periodic variables and contact binaries in WISE, MNRAS, 503, 3975

Curriculum Vitae

Latest PDF of my CV. Some additional details are scattered around my LinkedIn page.

Contact Me

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vchandra [at]
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Twitter: @vedantchandra
LinkedIn: vedant-chandra
ORCID: 0000-0002-0572-8012