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Prof. Suresh Sivanandam

Suresh Sivanandam studies the formation and evolution of galaxies in clusters. One focus of his research is a cluster’s halo of gas and how it interacts with the gas in individual galaxies.

Another is a spectroscopic survey of nearby galaxies to see if their stellar populations differ significantly from predictions. The survey will be conducted with a unique instrument Sivanandam and his collaborators are currently building: the Wide Integral-Field Infrared Spectrograph, or WIFIS, currently operating on the 2.3-metre Bok telescope at the Steward Observatory in Arizona.

In addition to WIFIS, Sivanandam is a key member in many instrument projects, including a Micro-Shutter Array, Multi-Object Spectrograph, or MSAMOS. He is Principal Investigator for near-IR Arctic sky brightness measurements.

And he is leading the development of the Gemini Infrared Multi-Object Spectrograph, or GIRMOS, an infrared spectrograph for the Gemini Observatory, designed to produce high angular-resolution and highly sensitive infrared images of the sky.

Sivanandam became an Assistant Professor at the Dunlap Institute in 2015.


In September 2017, Sivanandam was interviewed about the role the Dunlap and the U of T played in advancing his career.