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I am a post-doctoral research assistant in the X-ray and Observational Astronomy group at the University of Leicester. More specifically, I'm a member of the post-launch support team for Swift whose vital statistics you can see to the right. As such, I respond in real-time to Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) when I'm on duty, analysing the X-ray data as it arrives and informing the follow-up community of the results, and then keep track of the brightness the burst to help decide how for long Swift observes it.

I also produce and maintain software and web tools for the UK Swift Science Data Centre. These include the Swift-XRT data products for GRBs (including light curves, spectra and enhanced positions), and the target visibility calculator. I also conduct astrophysical reasearch, and not just in GRBs (see my research page for details). Swift is an excellent multi-wavelength facility for a wide range of science, and I have several active projects using Swift data of Cataclysmic Variables.

Before coming to Leicester I was at Keele University. I took my undergraduate degree (Astrophysics, with Computer Science up to level II) there from 1999-2002, and did my PhD in Keele's astrophysics group from October 2002-August 2005. I then worked as a Coel Hellier's post-doc within that group until August 2006, which is when I came to Leicester.

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