California Institute of Technology
Melodie Kao

Melodie Kao

I am a second-year PhD student at Caltech, collaborating with John Johnson and Heather Knutson to study planet migration mechanisms.  Prior to Caltech, I also studied how the intergalactic medium evolves, galaxy formation, and galaxy cluster properties.  I am fascinated by all things astronomy and especially like to think about how astrophysical systems became what they are today.

My enthusiasm for how systems are constructed continues in my abiding interest in architecture and music.  Additionally, I love running, traveling, film photography, and mentoring students.