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Kim-Vy Tran

Faculty: Professor


MIST M324 (main office)


Kim-Vy Tran's research focuses on how galaxies form and evolve. To study the properties of galaxies over cosmic time, Dr. Tran combines observations from space-based facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Spitzer Space Telescope with observations from ground-based facilities such as the Magellan (Chile) and the Keck (Hawaii) telescopes. She and her research team connect observations of galaxies in the distant universe to understand how galaxies like our own Milky Way formed.

Latest Publications

C. Schreiber, K. Glazebrook, T. Nanayakkara, G. G. Kacprzak, I. Labbé, P. Oesch, T. Yuan, K.-V. Tran, C. Papovich, L. Spitler, and C. Straatman. “Near infrared spectroscopy and star-formation histories of 3 <= z <= 4 quiescent galaxies.” Astronomy & Astrophysics, 618, A85, Oct 2018.

Khee-Gan Lee, Alex Krolewski, Martin White, David Schlegel, Peter E. Nugent, Joseph F. Hennawi, Thomas Müller, Richard Pan, J. Xavier Prochaska, Andreu Font-Ribera, Nao Suzuki, Karl Glazebrook, Glenn G. Kacprzak, Jeyhan S. Kartaltepe, Anton M. Koekemoer, Olivier Le Fèvre, Brian C. Lemaux, Christian Maier, Themiya Nanayakkara, R. Michael Rich, D. B. Sanders, Mara Salvato, Lidia Tasca, and Kim-Vy H. Tran. “First Data Release of the COSMOS Lyα Mapping and Tomography Observations: 3D Lyα Forest Tomography at 2.05 < z < 2.55.” The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 237(2), 31, Aug 2018.

Ben Forrest, Kim-Vy H. Tran, Adam Broussard, Jonathan H. Cohn, Jr. Robert C. Kennicutt, Casey Papovich, Rebecca Allen, Michael Cowley, Karl Glazebrook, Glenn G. Kacprzak, Lalitwadee Kawinwanichakij, Themiya Nanayakkara, Brett Salmon, Lee R. Spitler, and Caroline M. S. Straatman. “ZFOURGE: Using Composite Spectral Energy Distributions to Characterize Galaxy Populations at 1 < z < 4.” The Astrophysical Journal, 863(2), 131, Aug 2018.

Rohan P Naidu, Ben Forrest, Pascal A Oesch, Kim-Vy H Tran, and Bradford P Holden. “A low Lyman Continuum escape fraction of <10 per cent for extreme [O iii] emitters in an overdensity at z ~ 3.5.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 478(1), 791--799, Apr 2018.

Anshu Gupta, Tiantian Yuan, Paul Torrey, Mark Vogelsberger, Davide Martizzi, Kim-Vy H Tran, Lisa J Kewley, Federico Marinacci, Dylan Nelson, Annalisa Pillepich, Lars Hernquist, Shy Genel, and Volker Springel. “Chemical pre-processing of cluster galaxies over the past 10 billion years in the IllustrisTNG simulations.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, 477(1), L35--L39, Mar 2018.

Awards & Recognition

  • Association of Former Students College Level Teaching Award (Texas A&M University, 2016)
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics Grant (National Science Foundation, 2014)
  • Hubble Space Telescope General Observer (Space Telescope Science Institute, 2012)
  • Astronomy & Astrophysics Grant (National Science Foundation, 2010)
  • Montague--Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar (Texas A&M University, 2010)

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