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National Postdoc Appreciation Week feature: Michal Pirog


In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we want to highlight our current Postdoctoral Researchers in the Center. 

Michal Pirog

Michal Pirog, PhD, is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the WVU Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Gravitational Waves and Cosmology.

Michal is a theoretical physicist in Prof. Sean McWilliam's group.  According to McWilliams, "he is an expert coder, both in developing original codes and in adapting existing open source software to new research needs."

Areas of research that interest him are general relativity, black-holes, gravitational waves, multi-messenger astronomy, Newtonian and relativistic hydrodynamics, binary black-hole and black-hole-disk systems, galaxies rotation curves, accretion processes and accretion discs in astrophysics.

He has led an upcoming paper, and contributed extensively to another, which both deal with different aspects of how gas affects and is affected by the presence of supermassive black hole pairs, which is a problem of great interest to both conventional and gravitational-wave astronomers.

Michal has also led the Graduate Astrophysics Seminar in the WVU Physics and Astronomy department. 

He is active in the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav).

Thank you, Michal, for all that you bring to the Center as a postdoc!

This year's Postdoc Appreciation Week is September 20-24, 2021. The event was created by the National Postdoc Association (NPA) in 2009 and continues to advocate and celebrate postdoctoral researchers across the globe. The NPA is a non-profit association that seeks to improve the postdoctoral experience by supporting a culture of inclusive connection.