Anjali Tripathi

Planetary Astrophysicist

A Los Angeles native, Anjali Tripathi is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Astronomy department at Harvard University. With a passion for astrophysics, Anjali has done everything from working on Mars Rovers to analyzing computer simulations of colliding galaxies. She holds an S.B. in physics from MIT, and an M.Phil from Cambridge University, where she was a Marshall Scholar studying the size and structure of the Milky Way galaxy. Her current Ph.D. research explores how planets form and evolve. Using computer simulations, she has traced the 3D structure of planetary atmospheres that are shrinking due to evaporation. Anjali now focuses on birth, rather than death, by using radio antenna observations of dust around stars to understand the birth environments of planets.