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Vanessa Graber is a theoretical astrophysicist, who specialises in the study of neutron stars. Her work sits at the interface of a variety of research areas (such as astronomy, condensed-matter physics, nuclear theory, fluid dynamics, data science and machine learning) as she develops innovative, cross-disciplinary approaches to uncover the hidden properties of these fascinating compact objects.

Before joining the University of Hertfordshire as a Senior Lecturer in Data Science in 2024, Vanessa held postdoctoral research fellowships at the Institute of Space Sciences in Barcelona, Spain, and McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Previously, she obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2016 and a Physics Diplom (equivalent to MPhys) from the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany, in 2012.

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Research interests

Vanessa Graber's research interests cover a wide variety of topics including:

  • neutron-star population synthesis to constrain the birth properties of these compact objects
  • simulation-based inference with neural networks for astrophysical parameter inferences
  • the presence of macroscopic quantum phases in the interiors of neutron stars and their observational manifestations such as spin-glitches
  • astrophysical constraints on the dense-matter nuclear equation of state
  • laboratory analogues (such as superfluid helium or Bose-Einstein condensates) to probe unknown neutron-star physics
  • Gross–Pitaevskii and Ginzburg–Landau-type models to study superfluid and superconducting physics

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Mathematics, PhD, Cosmic Condensates: Vortex, Fluxtube and Neutron Star Dynamics, University of Southampton

Oct 2012Aug 2016

Physics, Diplom (MPhys), Dynamics of Superfluid Neutron Stars, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen

Oct 2006Mar 2012

External positions

Juan de la Cierva Incorporacíon Fellow, Institute of Space Sciences, IEEC-CSIC, Campus UAB

Apr 2022Feb 2024

Postdoctoral Researchers, Institute of Space Sciences, IEEC-CSIC, Campus UAB

Jan 2020Apr 2022

McGill Space Institute Fellow, McGill University

Oct 2016Dec 2019


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