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Ninos Hermis
Research Graduate Student

Ninos was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. I pursued my passion in planetary science and astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. I received my bachelor’s degree in Earth science (focus in Planetary Science) with a minor in astrophysics. This journey has currently brought me to Pasadena, California to study for a physics master’s degree at California State University of Los Angeles.

My love of travel has taken me overseas and many places in the US. I travelled to most of the major National Parks in the country taking note of the wondrous geology. I love to backpack distant and remote areas. I’ve played the violin for number of years and currently learning the guitar. I love to read about adventure stories of great explorers and of the unfolding drama of physics.


Research Interests

Observational characterizations of exoplanets:

  • Analyze spectroscopic data of chemical abundances of exoplanets
  • Study and categorize the detection of water molecules on a variety of exoplanets
  • Detection of other bio-signature gases and classification of such gases on variety of exoplanets

Professional Experience
  • Graduate Student Researcher, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2015-Present)
  • Teaching Assistant Physics, California State University Los Angeles (2015-Present)
  • Teaching Assistant, Saturday Enrichment Program, Northwestern University (2013–2014)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of California Santa Cruz (2013)
  • Summer Research Student, Southeastern Association for Research Astronomy, Florida International University (2011)

Selected Awards
  • National Science Foundation APEX Scholarship
  • Southeastern Association for Research Astronomy REU award

Selected Publications
  1. Sloane J. Wiktorowicz, Larissa A. Nofi, Daniel Jontof-Hutter, Pushkar Kopparla, Gregory P. Laughlin, Ninos Hermis, Yuk L. Yung, Mark R. Swain, UC Santa Cruz, Institute for Astronomy, NASA Ames Research Center, Penn State, Caltech, JPL, A Ground Based Albedo Upper Limit for HD189733b from Polarimetery, (Accepted Sept. 2015) Astrophysical Journal
  2. Ninos Hermis and James R. Webb, Establishing a List of Southern Hemisphere Blazars For Micro- variability Studies, Journal of the Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy, 6, 15-20, 2012 July 10

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