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.

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