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Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Mississippi

Dr. Nicholas Roy MacDonald

Office: 126 Lewis Hall
Phone: (662) 915-5252

Degrees Earned

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Boston University (2016)
M.Sc. in Astrophysics, Saint Mary’s University, Canada (2008)
B.Sc. in Astrophysics, Saint Mary’s University, Canada (2006)
Foundation Year Program, University of King’s College (2002)


2023 — present: Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
2021 — 2023 Staff Scientist at the MPIfR, Bonn, Germany
2017 — 2021 Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR), Bonn, Germany


Co-recipient of the Einstein Medal awarded to the EHT (2020)
Co-recipient of the Breakthrough Prize in Physics awarded to the EHT (2020)
Boston University Research Fellowship (2012-2016)
NSERC Post-graduate Scholarship Award – Ph.D. (2010-2012)
NSERC Post-graduate Scholarship Award – M.Sc. (2006-2008)
NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award – B.Sc. (2005)


The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration (see
Polarimetric Monitoring of AGN at mm-Wavelengths (POLAMI) Program (see
MPIfR Radio Astronomy/VLBI Group (see
Boston University Blazar Group (see
Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA)
American Astronomical Society (AAS)
European Astronomical Society (EAS)
AAS High-Energy Astrophysics Division (HEAD)

Research Interests

Dr. MacDonald’s research focuses on the study of extragalactic jets. He has been involved in theoretical, observational, and numerical studies of the physics of jet propagation and emission from kilo-parsec to sub-parsec scales.

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