Karen Perez

Columbia University • Student

Karen Perez is a rising 4th year Astronomy PhD student from Houston, TX studying pulsars at Columbia University, and is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship. She received her B.A in Astrophysics at Cornell University in 2019. During the 2019 summer, she interned at the Berkeley SETI Research Center with Breakthrough Listen (BL), where she produced observation catalogs and scripts for the entire Galactic Center (GC) Survey. Since then, she has continued working with the team on various projects as a Visiting Graduate Student, conducting observations and analyzing data. Her current projects involve using the GC data to search for technosignatures, and, more recently, developing a multi-beam analysis pipeline to search for technosignatures in the Galactic Plane using the Parkes telescope. She is interested in all pulsar-related things, and half of her PhD thesis actually involves using the BL GC data to search for millisecond pulsars near the Galactic Center.


International Astronautical Congress 2022

18-22 September 2022

Paris, France