Vedant Chandra


Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University

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About Me

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

In September 2021, I will move to Harvard University as a graduate student at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian.


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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Twitter: @vedantchandra
LinkedIn: vedant-chandra
ORCID: 0000-0002-0572-8012