About Me


I am an observational astrophysicist. My main research areas are extragalactic astrophysics and data intensive astronomy. I also have broad interests in other fields of science, especially black holes, cosmology and dark matter. I particularly enjoy exploring original ideas and studying unexplained phenomena in the Universe.


I currently hold a NASA Hubble Fellowship (hosted by Johns Hopkins University), an independent postdoc Fellowship awarded to conduct original research. Prior to this fellowship, I was a postdoc fellow at JHU between 2011 and 2014. I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics at New York University in May 2011.


I have projects at different levels suitable for undergraduate, junior and senior (thesis) graduate students. If you are interested in learning more about them, please feel free to drop me a message or stop by my office (Bloomberg 520).



Research Interests


Extragalactic Astrophysics

Galaxy Formation and Evolution, 

Circumgalactic Medium, Supermassive Black Holes


Data Intensive Astronomy

Large Imaging and Spectroscopic Surveys,

Machine Learning, Operations Research



Large-scale Structure of the Universe,

Dark Matter

Brief Bio


NASA Hubble Fellow

Hosted by Johns Hopkins University

2014 - present


Postdoc Fellow

Johns Hopkins University

2011 - 2014


Ph.D. Physics

New York University

2006 - 2011

Contact Me



Dr. Guangtun Ben Zhu



Tel: 410-516-7628



JHU Physics & Astronomy

520 Bloomberg Center, 

3400 N. Charles Street, 

Baltimore, MD 21218, USA


Social Media:

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Skype: hadumall

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