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Group Member

Dr. Donna Rodgers-Lee

Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: drodgers@tcd.ie
Tel: +353 (0)1 896 4141

Bio

I joined the "Cool stars and exoplanets" research group at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin in April 2019 as a postdoctoral researcher to study the effect of stellar wind interactions with exoplanets. I was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire focusing on galaxy dynamics (2017-2019). I completed my PhD on protoplanetary disk evolution in the star formation group at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (2012-2016). Prior to this I did my undergraduate studies in Theoretical Physics at Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin.

Research

I am a theoretical astrophysicist and my research interests include astrophysical plasmas, magnetic fields and cosmic rays. Specifically, I am interested in the impact of magnetic fields and cosmic rays in the context of star formation and also exoplanetary systems. Cosmic rays may provide an important source of ionisation in protoplanetary disks, the birthplace of planets. I have been a co-PI and a collaborator on 2 PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) projects awarded 76 million core hours to study protoplanetary disk evolution using a state-of-the-art magnetohydrodynamics code, specifically written for weakly ionised plasmas.