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Ilya Mandel received a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2008, with a specialization in gravitational-wave astronomy, under the supervision of Kip S. Thorne.  He carried out postdoctoral research at Northwestern University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a National Science Foundation astronomy and astrophysics postdoctoral fellow.  Ilya arrived at the University of Birmingham, UK as a Lecturer in 2011, and was promoted to Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics in 2016.  During this time, Ilya established himself as one of the leaders in the emerging field of gravitational-wave astrophysics, focusing on sources of gravitational waves, data-analysis challenges posed by current and planned gravitational-wave detectors, astrophysics of compact-object binaries and ways in which upcoming observations of gravitational waves can aid our understanding of this astrophysics.  In 2019, Ilya joined Monash University as a Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy.  

Research interests

Theoretical astrophysics

Stellar binary evolution

Gravitational-wave astronomy


High-energy transients


Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD, California Institute of Technology

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Research Output 2003 2019

Extracting distribution parameters from multiple uncertain observations with selection biases

Mandel, I., Farr, W. M. & Gair, J., 9 Apr 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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The Optical Afterglow of GW170817 at One Year Post-merger

Lamb, G. P., Lyman, J. D., Levan, A. J., Tanvir, N. R., Kangas, T., Fruchter, A. S., Gompertz, B., Hjorth, J., Mandel, I., Oates, S. R., Steeghs, D. & Wiersema, K., 10 Jan 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal Letters. 870, 2, 5 p., L15.

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Accuracy of inference on the physics of binary evolution from gravitational-wave observations

Barrett, J. W., Gaebel, S. M., Neijssel, C. J., Vigna-Gómez, A., Stevenson, S., Berry, C. P. L., Farr, W. M. & Mandel, I., 1 Jan 2018, In : Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 477, p. 4685–4695 11 p.

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A Precise Distance to the Host Galaxy of the Binary Neutron Star Merger GW170817 Using Surface Brightness Fluctuations

Cantiello, M., Jensen, J. B., Blakeslee, J. P., Berger, E., Levan, A. J., Tanvir, N. R., Raimondo, G., Brocato, E., Alexander, K. D., Blanchard, P. K., Branchesi, M., Cano, Z., Chornock, R., Covino, S., Cowperthwaite, P. S., D'Avanzo, P., Eftekhari, T., Fong, W., Fruchter, A. S., Grado, A. & 8 othersHjorth, J., Holz, D. E., Lyman, J. D., Mandel, I., Margutti, R., Nicholl, M., Villar, V. A. & Williams, P. K. G., 20 Feb 2018, In : Astrophysical Journal Letters. 854, 2, 7 p., L31.

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Comment on “An excess of massive stars in the local 30 Doradus starburst”

Farr, W. M. & Mandel, I., 27 Jul 2018, In : Science. 361, 6400, 2 p., eaat6506.

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