My name is Yifan Zhou. I am a Harlan J. Smith McDonald Observatory postdoctoral fellow at UT Austin. I got my Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Steward Observatory/Unversity of Arizona in 2019, working with Prof. Daniel Apai.
I am interested in the formation and atmospheric properties of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. For my Ph.D. thesis, I studied the photometric and spectroscopic variability of brown dwarf and planetary-mass companions using Hubble Space Telescope observations. My research advanced our understanding of the patchy cloud coverages, atmospheric circulations, and angular momentum of substellar objects. I also developed new techniques for high-precision Hubble Space Telescope time-series observations and applied them to spectroscopic observations of transiting exoplanets. At UT Austin and McDonald Observatory, I am collaborating with Prof. Brendan Bowler, Prof. Caroline Morley, and Prof. Adam Kraus on multiple projects related to planet formation and characterizations. Please check out the research page for more details about these projects!