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Varoujan Gorjian

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-327

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Structure of the Universe


  • B.S., Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, (1992)
  • M.S., Astronomy & Astrophysics, UCLA (1994)
  • Ph.D., Astronomy & Astrophysics, UCLA (1998)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1998 - Present)
    • Spitzer Education and Public Outreach (2006 - Present)
    • Spitzer Project Science Office Scientist (2000 - Present)
    • Herschel Project Science Office Scientist (2002 - 2006)
    • National Research Council Resident Research Associate(1998 - 2000)

Research Interests

  • Study of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) with emphasis on determining their intrinsic luminosity and their fueling mechanism.
  • Infrared and Radio imaging of young star forming regions, which may be the sites of globular clusters in formation.
  • Determining the Cosmic Infrared Background (CIRB) in the near infrared to help constrain the cosmic star formation history.

Selected Awards

  • NASA Group Achievement Award, WISE Education and Public Outreach Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Visitor Center Redesign Team (2011)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award Spitzer Public Affairs & Educational Outreach Team (2011
  • NASA Group Achievement Award SIM Science Office Team (2011)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award NASA/IPAC Teacher Archive Research Project (2011)
  • Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to the Spitzer Space Telescope Team (2010)
  • National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship (1998 - 2000)

Selected Publications

  1. Gorjian, V. et al 2008, ApJ, 679, 1040, "The Mid-Infrared Properties of X-Ray Sources"
  2. Gorjian, V.; Cleary, K.; Werner, M. W.; Lawrence, C. R. 2007, ApJ, 655L, 73 "A Relation between the Mid-Infrared [Ne V] 14.3 µm and [Ne III] 15.6 µm Lines in Active Galactic Nuclei"
  3. Gorjian, V.; et al. 2004, ApJS, 154, 275 "Infrared Imaging of the Large Magellanic Cloud Star-forming Region Henize 206"
  4. Gorjian, V., Werner, M. W., Jarrett, T. H., Cole, D. M., and Ressler, M. E. 2004 ApJ, 605, 156, "10 Micron Imaging of Seyfert Galaxies from the 12 Micron Sample"
  5. Xu, J., Bock, J. J., Ganga, K. M., Gorjian, V., Uemizu, K., Kawada, M., Lange, A. E., Matsumoto, T., Watabe, T. 2003, ApJ, 580, 653, "Measurement of Sky Surface Brightness Fluctuations at lambda=4 Microns"
  6. Beck, S. C., Turner, J. L., Langland-Shula, L. E., Meier, D. S., Crosthwaite, L. P.; Gorjian, V. 2002, AJ, 124, 2516, "Radio-Infrared Supernebulae in II Zw 40"
  7. Lisse, C., Schultz, A., Fernandez, Y., Peschke, S., Ressler, M., Gorjian, V., Djorgovski, S. G., Christian, D. J., Golisch, B., Kaminski, C. 2002, ApJ, 570L, 779, "Discovery of an Extremely Red Object in the Field of HD 155826"
  8. Grossan, B., Gorjian, V., Werner, M. W., Ressler, M. E., 2001, ApJ, 563, 687, "High-Resolution Mid-Infrared Images of the Nucleus of M81"
  9. Gorjian, V., Turner, J. L., Beck, S. C. 2001, ApJ, 554L, 29, "Infrared Emission from the Radio Supernebula in NGC 5253: A Proto-Globular Cluster?"
  10. Gorjian, V., Wright, E. L., Chary, R. 2000 ApJ, 536, 550 "Tentative Detection of the Cosmic Infrared Background at 2.2 and 3.5 microns Using Ground Based and Space Based Observations"
  11. Frail, D. A., Kulkarni, S. R., Bloom, J. S., Djorgovski, S. G., Gorjian, V., Gal, R. R., Meltzer, J., Sari, R., Chaffee, F. H., Goodrich, R., Frontera, F., Costa, E. et al. 1999, ApJ, 525L, 81, "The Radio Afterglow and the Host Galaxy of the X-Ray-Rich GRB 981226"