Vedant Chandra


Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian

GitHub Profile

The Magellanic Stellar Stream, by Melissa Weiss

About Me

I’m a PhD student in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University. I primarily work with Professor Charlie Conroy as a part of the broader Sloan Digital Sky Survey and H3 Survey collaborations. I also work with Hans-Walter Rix at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy on understanding the formation of the Milky Way. Recently, I’ve been involved with designing and building the next-generation ViaSpec instrument as the Deputy Project Scientist of the Via Project.

I was an undergraduate at the Johns Hopkins University, where I spent the vast majority of my time doing astrophysical research 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 James Webb Space Telescope.


I’m interested in a wide range of research topics, a byproduct of being very easily distracted. I particularly enjoy working with large datasets to tease out answers to astrophysical problems, and spend a lot of my time designing, executing, and analyzing stellar spectroscopic surveys. You can find an overview of my work on my research page.


A compilation of all my publications is available on NASA ADS or Google Scholar.

Curriculum Vitae

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

Contact Me

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